A tragedy by William Shakespeare
Directed and fight directed by John Davis
“Something is rotten in the state of Denmark!”
When the King of Denmark is murdered, young Prince Hamlet seeks revenge against his Uncle Claudius for the untimely death of his father!
Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, has multiple woes. The ghost of his father haunts Elsinore Castle. His uncle, Claudius, has married Queen Gertrude, his mother, and assumed the throne. When Hamlet meets the ghost, his dead father reveals that Claudius poisoned him — and the ghost demands that Hamlet exact revenge.
Devin Fenn (left) plays Hamlet
and Cait McNeal plays Ophelia.
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In order to carry this out, Hamlet feigns madness; as part of his insanity, he scorns the affections of Ophelia, daughter of Polonius, to whom he had made romantic overtures. Polonius grows concerned over the apparent insanity that has beset Hamlet and reveals it to the King and Queen.
Meanwhile, Hamlet struggles to convince himself that Claudius is the murderer of his father, and in an attempt to "catch the king's conscience," Hamlet convinces a traveling troupe of actors to perform a play in which the action closely resembles the events related to him by the ghost.
Background on the Play
The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark — most often shortened to just Hamlet —
is Shakespeare’s longest play and has often been cited as one of the most enduring and influential works in all of English literature. Scholars report that Shakespeare wrote Hamlet at some point between 1599 and 1602. Though solid evidence is scarce, the first production of the play most likely took place in 1602.
The Internet Broadway Database lists 66 separate Broadway productions of Hamlet in the years between 1761 and 2015. A host of legendary actors have played the title role on Broadway including (but not limited to) such notable names as John Barrymore (two times in the 1920s), John Gielgud (1936), Maurice Evans (four times in the 1930s and 1940s), Richard Burton (1964), Sam Waterston (1975), Ralph Fiennes (1995) and Jude Law (2009).
Shakespeare’s tragic tale has also been a popular source for movie makers. In 1900, the legendary English actress Sarah Bernhardt starred in a five-minute short film of the play’s fencing scene. Film exhibitors were also given a phonograph record (with Bernhard reciting Shakespeare’s words) and the record played as the film unspooled. Laurence Olivier directed and starred in a 1948 film adaptation that would go on to win the Academy Award for best picture. In 1969, English director Tony Richardson’s version featured Nicol Williamson as Hamlet and Marianne Faithfull as Ophelia. Frequent Shakespeare adaptor Franco Zeffirelli cast Mel Gibson as the moody Danish prince and Glenn Close as his mother Gertrude for his 1990 movie. English actor and director Kenneth Branagh cast himself in the title role for his 1996 big-screen adaptation. Branagh’s version is notable for his choice to retain all of the play’s dialogue; consequently, his epic version clocks in at four hours and two minutes. Due to its length, the studio released two versions: a two-and-a-half-hour cut played in most markets and the full-length four-hour cut played only in select locations.
(Sources for this information: BardWeb.net, Wikipedia, the Internet Broadway Database and the Internet Movie Database.)
JASEN J. SMITH
DANE C.T. LEASURE
THOMAS M. WYATT
THE CREATIVE TEAM
Director, Fight Director
Assistant Stage Manager
JASEN J. SMITH
ALAN SCOTT FERRALL
Scenic Designer and Technical Director
Assistant Technical Director