Hamlet Synopsis by Director Doug Lockwood

Old Hamlet, King of Denmark, has died and been succeeded by his brother, Claudius, who has married Gertrude, the widowed Queen. Prince Hamlet, distressed by his father’s death and his mother’s hasty remarriage, sees the ghost of his father who tells him that he was murdered by Claudius. Hamlet vows to avenge the murder but, to cover his intentions, feigns madness.


Polonius, whose daughter Ophelia has been the recipient of love letters from the Prince, believes that Hamlet’s madness is caused by repressed love. Spied on by Polonius and Claudius, Hamlet encounters Ophelia and rejects her.


Hamlet asks a company of players to perform a play, hoping its theme of murder will force Claudius to betray his guilt. Hamlet’s suspicions are confirmed.


What happens next? Come see a performance and find out!

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