Buy Tickets From the 2018-2019 Season: Hamlet Playing April 13, 2019 to May 05, 2019

No performance Easter Sunday April 21, 2019

A Suzi Bass Awards Recommended Show

Lee Osorio as Hamlet (Photo by Daniel Parvis)

The secret midnight utterings of a Kingly ghost will set events in motion that seal the tragic fate of Denmark’s royal family. Witness Hamlet grapple with his mind and heart as he tries to make sense of it all. See why it is often considered the greatest tragedy of all time.

Sponsored by the Bob and Cappa Woodward Charitable Fund

Join the cast and crew members for a lively Question and Answer session on Sunday April 28 after the show! 

Read the Plot Synopsis

Hamlet Synopsis
-from The Pocket Companion to Shakespeare’s Plays by J.C. Trewin

Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, has not succeeded his father as King. On the throne is his uncle Claudius, who married Queen Gertrude immediately upon the death of her husband, the first King Hamlet. At midnight the ghost of the dead King (whom Claudius had poisoned) appears to his son on the battlements of the castle and commands revenge. “If thou hast nature in thee, bear it not.”

Hamlet, unsure at first, simulates madness (Act II) which overwhelms Ophelia (daughter of the Lord Chamberlain, Polonius) whom he loves. When a company of actors arrives, Hamlet asks for the performance of a play with a plot much like his father’s murder, so that he can see how the King responds. Claudius, deeply alarmed, plans (Act III) to send Hamlet at once to England. Before this can be done, Hamlet, going to his mother’s closet, fiercely reviles her for yielding to Claudius; then, hearing a noise, he stabs through the curtain, killing Polonius who has concealed himself there.

Two courtiers (Act IV) conduct Hamlet towards the voyage to England, bearing letters that order his death when he arrives. Meanwhile, Laertes, son of Polonius, enraged by the news of his father’s end finds that his sister Ophelia is helplessly mad, and swears to kill Hamlet (now coming home after a sea-fight in which he was saved by pirates).

Ophelia drowns herself; Hamlet is in time to see her burial (Act V). Later, at a fencing match where Laertes, after plotting with the King, seeks to stab Hamlet with a poisoned rapier, both men are wounded: Queen Gertrude drinks, in error, the poisoned wine Claudius has prepared for Hamlet as a second device. Laertes and Gertrude die; Hamlet, after killing Claudius, collapses in the arms of his friend Horatio and dies. Fortinbras, Prince of Norway, whose army has invaded Denmark, enters to take the throne that Hamlet, with his “dying voice”, has bequeathed. Fortinbras orders him to be borne up with military ceremonial: “For he was likely, had he been put on,/To have prov’d most royal.”

Director's Notes

Directed by Jaclyn Hofmann

Show Information


Act One: 70 minutes
15 minute intermission
Act Two: 55 min
5 minute intermission
Act Three: 50 min
Show will end around 11pm / 10pm Sundays

Show Roles

Performances April 13-May 5, 2019

Dramatis Personae

Hamlet - Lee Osorio*
Claudius - Jeffrey Watkins
Gertrude - Olivia Dawson*
Polonius - Chris Kayser*
Ophelia - Shelli Delgado
Horatio - Andrew Houchins*
Laertes - Bridget McCarthy
The Ghost of King Hamlet - Maurice Ralston*
Rosencrantz - J. L. Reed
Guildenstern - Adam King
Player King - Maurice Ralston*
Player Queen - Jenise Cook
Players - Cory Phelps, Vinnie Mascola, Joshua Goodridge
Reynaldo - Joshua Goodridge
Fortinbras- Joshua Goodridge
Gravediggers - Cory Phelps, Jenise Cook
Priest - Vinnie Mascola
Francisco - Jenise Cook
Marcellus - Vinnie Mascola
Bernardo- Cory Phelps
Osric - Nick Reid
English Ambassador - Danielle Hopkins
Captain - Vinnie Mascola
Sailor - Danielle Hopkins
Voltemand - J. L. Reed
Cornelius - Adam King
Messenger - Nick Reid
Attendant - Danielle Hopkins
Guildenstern, Cornelius Understudy- Mary Ruth Ralston

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States

Show Times
Shows at The Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse begin at 7:30pm, except on Sundays, when they begin at 6:30pm

Bardometer Rating

How difficult is this Shakespearean play to grasp? On a scale of 1 to 10.
What does rating this mean?

You may already know the story and what happens at the end. But even if you don’t, the play is light and the plot is easy to follow. Limited violence, limited bawdiness (see below). There are very few things – historical, religious, or political – that you need to know ahead of time. Just enjoy!

A note about bawdiness in Shakespeare: It exists. Despite what your English teacher taught you, Shakespeare wrote some pretty saucy lines and they pop up from time to time. While there is never any nudity on stage, our actors are trained to make the text clear. If we feel a show contains a plethora of Graphic Elizabethan Poetry (or is very bloody/violent/triggering) we will put that disclaimer in the blurb about the show. It won’t happen often. If this Bardometer lists a play as a 1 or 2, you can rest assured that it is an appropriate show for kids under ten.

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