Shakespeare Theatre Company’s production of Hamlet is directed by Michael Kahn and stars Michael Urie as Hamlet. Despite being know as one of the greatest tragedies, opening night had everyone laughing! The injection of modern technology, present-day apparel and contemporary diction and gestures into the words of Shakespeare was a welcome surprise. The industrial and institutional feel of the set create a perfect backdrop for the performance by Michael Urie which can be best described as explosive, impassioned and lively.
Being familiar with Hamlet only from required reading in High School I knew the story line and the characters, but the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s production had me on the edge of my seat thinking about the motives and relationships in a whole new light. The Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Hamlet is prefect for Shakespeare novice like myself, including young adults or tweens, or theatre aficionados. A note for parents: contains mention or portrayal of death, revenge, murder, deception and betrayal.
Shakespeare Theatre Company‘s Hamlet is running through March 4th at Sidney Harman Hall. It is a 3 hour run time with one intermission. There is a bar and a gift shop so get there early to take it all in. The PMI Parking garage, at the corner of 9th and D streets NW has a special theatre parking rate of $7.00 available after 5:00 p.m. Monday to Friday and after 12:0.0. pm on Saturday and Sunday. Present your ticket to the attendant when you leave the garage to receive the $7.00 rate. This garage is credit card only. If a member of the PMI staff is not visible, press the call button and let them know you were at the Shakespeare Theatre Company and have a ticket to receive the discount. An attendant will arrive shortly to help.
I would be remiss if I did not mention the open registration for Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Camp Shakespeare for summer 2018 for kids ages 7-18. Camp Shakespeare is a true performance intensive where campers learn vocal and physical techniques, explore improvisation and scene work, learn strategies for understanding and communicating Shakespeare’s language, train in the art of safe stage combat, and rehearse.