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Written between 1599 and 1601. The play, set in Denmark, recounts how Prince Hamlet exacts revenge on his uncle Claudius, who has murdered Hamlet's father, the King, and then taken the throne and married Gertrude, Hamlet's mother. The play vividly charts the course of real and feigned madness - from overwhelming grief to seething rage - and explores themes of treachery, revenge, incest, and moral corruption. Running time 3 hours 20 minutes including intervals.Performers Mark Rylance (Hamlet), Geoffrey Beevers (Horatio), Tim Block (Marcellus), Roger Gartland (Gravedigger/4th Player), Harry Gostelow (Guildenstern), Leader Hawkins (Voltemand/Player), James Hayes (Polonius), Jan Knightley (2nd Gravedigger/Lucianus), Penny Layden (Ophelia), Mark Lockyer (Laertes), Joanna McCallum (Gertrude), Dragan Micanovic (Fortinbras), David Phelan (Rosencrantz), Tim Preece (Player King/Ghost), Karen Tomlin (Player Queen), Chris Trancell (Francisco/Cornelius/Captain/Priest), Tim Woodward (Claudius).
Author Shakespeare. Director Giles Block. Design Jenny Tiramani. Music Claire van Kampen. Director Rodney Cottier (fight). Director Alexis Denisof (fight). Choreographer Viktor Bischoff. Choreographer Jackie Matthews. Choreographer Glynn MacDonald. Costume Jenny Tiramani.
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