Hamlet is regarded by many as the best play ever written, and to be charged with the task of producing it is both daunting and exciting.
The play as written runs for about four and a half hours, so the first task was to reduce the text by about a thousand lines to bring it to a length that will fit comfortably into an evening at the George. I hope you will find the shortened play to your liking and that you will suspend disbelief and enter into the strange dark world of Elsinore seen through the haunted eyes of the tragic prince.
The characters are caught up in a maelstrom of emotions: love, hate, jealousy, friendship, treachery, indecision and self-interest combine to produce the inevitable tragic climax.
Our entire company has worked with a high level of commitment for several months to bring this memorable play to you tonight. I hope that you will find the evening both stimulating and enjoyable.
First Player / Priest
Ladies of the Court
Assistant Stage Manager
Lighting & Sound
Publicity & Programme
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