Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, 250 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102

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Hal Holbrook: Mark Twain Tonight

Closed May 4, 2017

Holbrook is not simply an impersonator of Mark Twain, he is an authority on the writer about whom Hemingway said, "American literature began."

Why See Hal Holbrook: Mark Twain Tonight?


Hal Holbrook is best known for his portrayal of Mark Twain in the long-running one-man show Mark Twain Tonight. The actor also played Deep Throat in All the President's Men and won an Oscar nomination for his performance in Into the Wild.

Hal Holbrook Mark Twain Tonight! continues to enthrall audiences, with Holbrook performing 20-25 shows a year. By Holbrook's estimation, he has now performed the show well over 2,000 times and this year turns a very distinguished 90 years old - not that it would stop him! Just as Mark Twain brought his wit and humor to far-flung places a half-century before, Holbrook-as-Twain has also performed around the world, from Saudi Arabia and Warsaw, to Edinburgh and New Delhi.

Mark Twain Tonight sees Holbrook in full period costume, and entering full character as the celebrated author and wit, reading dramatic recitations from several of Twain's writings, but particularly focusing on the more comedic ones. That said, the audience over the years favor his readings from Huckleberry Finn, which is said to elicit a poignant but very positive response. If you haven't seen this celebrated actor in action as Mark Twain, you really don't want to miss out!

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Performance date: 4 May 2017


Suitable for ages 10+
Please be aware that some of the readings contain language from the 1800s which may offend.

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