Hamlet Hamlet October 16 – November 16 By William Shakespeare Directed by Darko Tresnjak Following his critically-acclaimed productions of The Tempest, Twelfth Night and Macbeth, Darko Tresnjak takes on Shakespeare’s masterpiece, Hamlet. A Danish prince returns home to find his father killed, and his mother marrying the murderer. When his father’s ghost rises to demand retribution, Hamlet is put in an impossible situation. In this opulent, Elizabethan staging, Hamlet’s tragic tale of revenge gets the full-on, terrifying — and bloody — treatment. Darko’s Comments… Shakespeare’s most famous play is both a bold theatrical thriller and a literary masterpiece. It has captured the imagination of the world, on the page and on the stage, for over four centuries. But, strangely enough, there is no such thing as Hamlet. There are only Hamlets – three distinctly different versions of the text that survive in the First and the Second Quarto and the First Folio. And scholars have debated for centuries which version reflects Shakespeare’s final and true intent. Our opulent production, set in the Elizabethan Era, is inspired by James Shapiro’s extraordinary book 1599: A Year in the Life of Shakespeare. It explores the political and the personal events that preceded the creation of the play in 1599. I encourage you to read this informative and entertaining book. VideosReviews & Press Reviews The Hartford Courant The Westfield News Examiner.com CT Theatre News and Reviews In the Spotlight WMNR Fine Arts Radio Bonnie Goldberg Two on the Aisle Tom Holehan Press New York Times: Hamlet at Hartford Stage Hartford Courant: Hartford Stage’s Young Hamlet Up For The Challenge CT Post: Tresnjak returns to ‘Hamlet’ after spring Tony win Culturadar: Spotlight on ‘Hamlet’s’ Zach Appelman Program & Extras Read Stagenotes Photos by T. Charles Erickson. Artistic Director Darko Tresnjak Set Design Darko Tresnjak Costume Design Fabio Toblini Lighting Design Matthew Richards Sound Design Jane Shaw Wig Design Brandalyn Fulton Associate Scenic Design Colin McGurk Fight Director J. Allen Suddeth Voice & Text Coach Claudia Hill Sparks Production Stage Manager Renee Lutz Assistant Stage Manager Robyn Zalewski Dramaturg Elizabeth Williamson Assistant Director Sarah Hartmann Cast Hamlet Zach Appelman Rosencrantz/2nd Gravedigger Curtis Billings Cornelius, Player Poisoner, Norwegian Captain Erik Christopher Bloomquist Lord Adam Connolly Gertrude Kate Forbes Francisco/Voltimand/Player (Prologue)/Fortinbras Conor M. Hamill Polonius Edward James Hyland Bernardo/Player King/1st Gravedigger Floyd King King Claudius/Ghost of Hamlet’s Father Andrew Long Guildenstern/Marcellus/Priest Cliff Miller Lord Stephen Mir Orsric/Player Queen Adám Montgomery Lord Connor Prickett Laertes Anthony Roach Horatio James Seol Ophelia Brittany Vicars Sponsors Principal Sponsor Assisting Production Sponsor Hartford Stage’s production of Hamlet is part of Shakespeare in American Communities, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.