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Hamlet,, NYC Show Poster
3hrs, 10mins
1 Intermission
Important Dates
Sep 12, 2009
Oct 06, 2009
Dec 06, 2009
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William Shakespeare’s iconic revenge tragedy finds Prince Hamlet consumed with grief and determined to avenge his father’s apparent murder, with devastating consequences for his family and the kingdom.


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Hamlet, one of the indisputable masterpieces of literature, follows Hamlet, prince of Denmark, who is consumed with grief after his father’s death. He soon discovers the truth about his father’s murder and then plots to exact revenge on his uncle, who is responsible for the deed and also marries Hamlet’s mother, the queen, taking the throne in the process. Shakespeare’s powerful tragedy holds a “mirror up to nature” and explores wide-ranging themes such as deceit, madness, revenge, death and moral corruption. In addition to the famous revenge plot, there is also the lingering threat of war from Denmark’s neighbor

Critics’ Reviews

"Jude Law approaches Hamlet with focus, determination and the adrenaline level of an Olympic competitor. He fills the theater to the saturation point. This is one production in which you feel the heat of the energy from the stage."

Review by Ben Brantley from The New York Times

"Excellence, thy name is Hamlet on the Broadway stage."

Review by Elysa Gardner from USA Today

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Hamlet Like?
This kinetic production is an accessible take on the classic work. The performers’ command of Shakespeare’s language as well as their modern-day dress allows audiences who might be intimidated by the play’s language, depth or length to easily grasp the challenges of the text.

Is Hamlet Good for Kids?
Hamlet is a classic that should be seen by students of high school age (with a lot of discussion afterward). Allusions to incest, madness and suicide (the famous “to be or not to be” soliloquy is a contemplation of death, after all) may prove too dark for younger audience members.