The St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival presents Hamlet

Hamlet is one of William Shakespeare’s most powerful and influential tragedies. It was one of his most popular works during his lifetime and his been retold and adapted countless times from then until now. For folks in Ottawa and nearby in eastern Ontario, this latest opportunity to see the tragedy of the prince of Denmark comes thanks to the St. Lawrence Shakespeare festival.

Rona Waddington and Eric Craig talk about Hamlet and give you a peak at one of the scene:

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The St. Lawrene Shakespeare Festival presents HamletSet in the Kingdom of Denmark, the play dramatizes the revenge Prince Hamlet exacts on his uncle Claudius for murdering King Hamlet, Claudius’s brother and Prince Hamlet’s father, and then succeeding to the throne and taking as his wife Gertrude, the old king’s widow and Prince Hamlet’s mother. The play vividly portrays both true and feigned madness—from overwhelming grief to seething rage—and explores themes of treachery, revenge, incest, and moral corruption. (source: wikipedia)

Hamlet is directed by Rona Waddington. It stars Eric Craig (Hamlet), Shannon Taylor, John Koensgen, Alix Sideris, David Snelgrove, Paul Rainville, Warren Bain, Kerry Ann Doherty, Kelly Penner, Allan Price, and Rose Napoli.

The show runs from July 13th through August 17th at the outdoor harbour ampitheatre in Prescott Ontatio. Tickets for the show are $27 with discounts for students and free entry for children under 14. Tickets for every Wednesday’s matinee are all $20. They can be purchased online at the St Lawrence Shakespeare Festival’s website or in person at the box office one hour before the show. Note that in the event of heavy rain, the show moves indoors to St. Andrew’s Church, just a few blocks down the road.

Note: Please check the St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival website for show times because shows (Hamlet and Maid for a Musket) alternate nights.

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Preview article prepared by Allan Mackey.
Video preview produced by Allan Mackey, Valley Wind Productions.
Photographer: David Pasho