Performances: 17-28 May
Auditions: 25 January 1st February 8pm Copley Room
If you would like to audition, but cannot make these dates, please ring me on 01634 402598
This famous revenge tragedy is often regarded as Shakespeare’s finest play; and it has never before been performed on our stage. Some parts may be cast gender-blind and there will probably be some doubling. The original script is five hours long so, as in most productions, the play has been shortened and is expected to finish at around 10pm.
- HAMLET is highly intelligent and quick-witted, but put under great strain after his father’s ghost reveals that Claudius killed him. At first he intends to “sweep to my revenge”, but realises he cannot be sure the Ghost really was that of his Father. He pretends to be mad to draw attention away from his actions, which eventually create havoc. By the end of the play though, he learns to accept his destiny. Aged 30. Has a sword-fight scene.
- KING CLAUDIUS appears to be a consummate politician, but is hiding his crime under smiles and courteous behaviour. At first he does his best to cope with Hamlet, but becomes increasingly suspicious and eventually arranges his murder. Claudius is however genuinely in love with…
- QUEEN GERTRUDE who has been seduced by Claudius. Clearly it is a love match, at least until Hamlet persuades her to distance herself from him. After that, her whole world rapidly falls apart. A loving mother and often astute, she nevertheless finds Hamlet difficult to deal with. Hamlet accuses her of complicity in his father's murder - and she doesn't deny it.
- POLONIUS effectively runs the country under Claudius. Hamlet sees him as a ‘tedious old fool’ and indeed he can be long-winded, conventional and addicted to spying; but the King and Queen trust the ‘good old man’ and are devastated when Hamlet kills him, mistaking him for Claudius.
- OPHELIA, a young woman, Polonius’s daughter and Hamlet’s lover. Charming, trusting and innocent, her downfall comes after her father tells her not to see Hamlet any more, adding to his distress and causing the breakdown of their relationship. In a highly effective scene, she goes mad because Hamlet has killed her father. Some singing.
- LAERTES, her brother, is Hamlet’s opposite: a fiery man of action demanding revenge even before he knows how his father died; not a great thinker and easily manipulated by the wily Claudius. Has several emotional scenes and a sword-fight.
- HORATIO, a scholar and Hamlet’s closest friend, reliable, loyal and tactful, but sometimes privately horrified by Hamlet’s actions. At the start of the play, he is persuaded by soldiers to witness the appearance of the Ghost of Hamlet’s Father; and he decides to tell Hamlet about him.
- THE GHOST will be a disembodied voice, coming from the auditorium.
- ROSENCRANTZ and GUILDENSTERN, childhood friends of Hamlet’s who are drafted in by the King and Queen to spy on him. They are however, pretty awful at the job and Hamlet easily sees through them.
- MARCELLUS and BERNARDO, soldiers who see the ghost and alert Horatio.
- PLAYER KING, QUEEN, MURDERER and SINGER, actors who are conned by Hamlet into presenting a play that will offend the Royal couple.
- GRAVEDIGGER, ignorant but knowledgeable about his own trade. Hands Hamlet Yorick’s famous skull. Has an accent. One scene.
- Smaller parts: OSRIC, a foppish courtier; REYNALDO, Polonius’s servant; a PRIEST; another servant and another soldier, FRANCISCO.
Michael Bath, Director
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