William Shakespeare's The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark

William Shakespeare's The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark


Posted 2023-10-13 by Vanessafollow

Fri 20 Oct 2023 - Sat 04 Nov 2023

Tragedy has a power of its own!

AVID & Ardour Theatre present William Shakespeare’s masterpiece The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark for a strictly limited season this spring. Tickets are now on sale - 13 performances only.

The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, often shortened to Hamlet, is one of the most influential and well-known plays in history. Written between 1599 and 1601, it is Shakespeare's longest play, comprising 29,551 words over five acts and widely considered among the 'most powerful and influential tragedies in the English language.'

AVID & Ardour Theatre are offering theatre lovers an exciting modern retelling of the classic play in the brutally minimalist, awe-inspiring performance space of Mycelium Studios in Basement Warehouse.

Expect an immersive multi-sensory theatre experience as a stellar creative team brings the tale of Hamlet to life on stage.

A court in turmoil. A family fractured. Scandal, surveillance and fake news; welcome to the fast and furious arena sport that is Hamlet!

Is Hamlet a thrilling ghost story?
An exuberant romp about theatre and actors?
A harrowing dissection of an abusive relationship?
An introspective meditation on our very existence?
A black comedy about the nature of mortality?
Is it a drama of revenge and betrayal?
Or is it an adventure story about pirates?

It's all of these things­­­.

Director, Nicholas Opolski, is no stranger to the text, having performed the title role for Adelaide’s Independent Theatre in 1999. Nicholas brings a vigorous and muscular intent to this interpretation and states “We watch Hamlet because at times we have felt like him: conflicted in our motives and unsure of our next step. Victim, yes, but also guilty. Hamlet struggles to understand his place in a confused world, as we sometimes do, but shows us how, in spite of everything, it is possible to find peace of mind. My Hamlet, Michael Fenemore, and I began talking about all of these strands a year ago, and I don't expect the conversation to finish when the season is over. The play does that to you.”

The cast includes Michael Fenemore (The Elephant Man, Macbeth, A Streetcar Named Desire) as Hamlet, Alayne Wright (Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night’s Dream) and Anthony Edward (Romeo & Juliet) are the Danish royals Gertrude and Claudius, with Don Nicholson as the scheming Polonius.

The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark comes to Mycelium Studios from October 20 to November 4.

Tickets are now on sale at www.tragedyofhamlet.com.au

Choose from the following performances:
October Evenings: 20, 21, 26, 27, 28
October Matinee: 21, 22, 28, 29
November Evenings: 02, 03, 04
November Matinee: 04

Performance Times:
  • Thu, Fri & Sat Evenings: 8pm - 10.45pm
  • Sat & Sun Matinee: 2pm - 4.45pm
  • Duration: 2 hours 45 minutes (including interval).

    Mycelium Studios
    Factory 1/10 - 12 Moreland Rd, Brunswick East VIC 3057

    For more information on the production, please see: www.tragedyofhamlet.com.au

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