Shakespeare’s Hamlet Comes to John Hinkel Park

This interpretation has a multitude of actors playing the title role.


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Dress rehearsal for Hamlet, adapted and directed by Stanley Spenger.

Actors Ensemble of Berkeley

There’s something rotten in Denmark. The Actors Ensemble of Berkeley presents its take on Shakespeare’s immortal play Hamlet about the prince who suspects some very foul play in the suspicious death of his father, especially since his father’s ghost tells him as much.

For centuries, scholars and actors have argued about the essential meaning of Hamlet’s character: Is he a mad man? A genius schemer? An emotional child? In this production, audiences have a chance to see all different takes on the character — because the title role is played by a different actor in every performance (and some performances will feature multiple actors in the Hamlet role at once, playing him as a chorus). No two shows will have quite the same interpretation.

The outdoor venue consists of a series of stone terraces, so attendees are encouraged to bring cushions, lawn chairs, or blankets for their comfort. There will be one 15-minute intermission. Wed., July 4; Sat., July 7; Sun., July 8; Sat., July 14; Sun., July 15; Sat., July 21; Sun., July 22, 4 p.m., free, John Hinkel Park, 41 Somerset Place, Berkeley, AEofBerkeley.org.

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