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HAMLET

SEP 19–OCT 21

Hamlet returns to the Bruns Amphitheater for the first time in more than a decade, bringing with it the ultimate in treachery, madness, and murder. Liesl Tommy (director of 2010’s critically acclaimed Ruined at Berkeley Rep) brings modern urgency to her telling of Shakespeare’s brilliant play, finding new, visceral revelations stashed in every corner—making it as timely to the 21st century as it is unquestionably timeless.

Running time: Just over three hours, including one 15-minute intermission

INFORMATION FOR PARENTS: Hamlet contains mature subject matter. Click on the INFORMATION FOR PARENTS tab below for more details.

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CREATIVE TEAM

Liesl Tommy  -  Director
Clint Ramos - Set & Costume Designer  
Peter West - Lighting Designer  
Jake Rodriguez  - Sound Designer         
Philippa Kelly - Resident Dramaturg     
Nancy Carlin* - Vocal/Text Coach            
Dave Maier - Fight Director      
Laxmi Kumaran* - Stage Manager           
Jannette Coté* - Assistant Stage Manager          
James Nelson - Assistant Director
Krista Smith - Assistant Lighting Designer          
Whitney Krause - Production Assistant

CAST

Julie Eccles* - Gertrude
Nick Gabriel* - Horatio
Dan Hiatt* - Polonius, Gravedigger
Zainab Jah* - Ophelia
Jessica Kitchens* - Rosencrantz, Ensemble
LeRoy McClain* - Hamlet
Nicholas Pelczar* - Laertes, Lucianus
Brian Rivera* - Guildenstern, Bernardo, Ensemble
Adrian Roberts* - Claudius, Ghost
Danny Scheie* - Osric, Player King, Ensemble
Mia Tagano* - Player Queen, Doctor, Ensemble
Joseph Salazar - Marcellus, Ensemble

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS
Ellen & Joffa Dale
Michael & Virginia Ross
Simpson Strong-Tie
Jay Yamada  
 
PRODUCERS
Erin Jaeb & Kevin Kelly
 
ASSOCIATE PRODUCERS
Joe Di Prisco & Patti James
Margaret & Craig Isaacs
Nancy Olson
Janet & Norman Pease
Debbie Sedberry & Jeffrey Klingman
Kathy & George Wolf


*Denotes member of Actors’ Equity Association.  
      

PHOTOS


Production

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Julie Eccles as Gertrude and LeRoy McClain as Hamlet in California Shakespeare Theater's production of HAMLET, directed by Liesl Tommy; photo by Kevin Berne.

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Mia Tagano as Ensemble, Danny Scheie as Osric, Jessica Kitchens as Ensemble, Julie Eccles as Gertrude, and LeRoy McClain as Hamlet in California Shakespeare Theater's production of HAMLET, directed by Liesl Tommy; photo by Kevin Berne.

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Zainab Jah as Ophelia and LeRoy McClain as Hamlet in California Shakespeare Theater's production of HAMLET, directed by Liesl Tommy; photo by Kevin Berne.

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Mia Tagano as the Player Queen, Danny Scheie as the Player King, and the cast of HAMLET in California Shakespeare Theater's production of HAMLET, directed by Liesl Tommy; photo by Kevin Berne.

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LeRoy McClain as Hamlet and Adrian Roberts as Claudius in California Shakespeare Theater's production of HAMLET, directed by Liesl Tommy; photo by Kevin Berne.

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Julie Eccles as Gertrude and LeRoy McClain as Hamlet in California Shakespeare Theater's production of HAMLET, directed by Liesl Tommy; photo by Kevin Berne.

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Mia Tagano as Doctor, Zainab Jah as Ophelia, Nick Gabriel (on riser) as Horatio, and Adrian Roberts as Claudius in California Shakespeare Theater's production of HAMLET, directed by Liesl Tommy; photo by Kevin Berne.

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Nick Gabriel as Horatio and Zainab Jah as Ophelia in California Shakespeare Theater's production of HAMLET, directed by Liesl Tommy; photo by Kevin Berne.

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LeRoy McClain as Hamlet in California Shakespeare Theater's production of HAMLET, directed by Liesl Tommy; photo by Kevin Berne.

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The cast of HAMLET in California Shakespeare Theater's production of HAMLET, directed by Liesl Tommy; photo by Kevin Berne.

   

Publicity

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LeRoy McClain as Hamlet, Julie Eccles as Gertrude, and Adrian Roberts as Claudius in Cal Shakes’ production of Hamlet, directed by Liesl Tommy; photo by Kevin Berne.

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LeRoy McClain as Hamlet in Cal Shakes’ production of Hamlet, directed by Liesl Tommy; photo by Kevin Berne.

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Pictured, left to right: Zainab Jah as Ophelia, Dan Hiatt as Polonius, LeRoy McClain as Hamlet, Julie Eccles as Gertrude, Adrian Roberts as Claudius, and Nick Gabriel as Horatio in Cal Shakes’ production of Hamlet, directed by Liesl Tommy; photo by Kevin Berne.

 

Articles


Hamlet Program Cal Shakes

Read or download the Hamlet program (PDF).
Download answers to the Hamlet crossword puzzle (PDF)
Download the full version of the Hamlet Synopsis (PDF)

DEATH AND REVENGE IN HAMLET

Resident Dramaturg Philippa Kelly on grief and vengeance in Hamlet and beyond... read more

A Haunted HAMLET

Notes from the first rehearsal day Meet & Greet and table reading, and photos from the Meet & Greet... read more


Behind the Scenes at the HAMLET Photo Shoot

Last week some of Hamlet’s cast members gathered in the Cal Shakes’ green room, in anticipation of our publicity photo shoot Kevin Berne. Zainab Jah, playing Ophelia, inquired as to costumes for the shoot, since the performance versions are still in various stages of design and production.... read more

 

INFORMATION FOR PARENTS


We believe that every child is different and that parents are best suited to make decisions about the appropriateness of any production for their children. We provide this information to help parents in their decision-making.

This is a mature, passionate, frequently violent play. It's a tragedy about difficult family relations, betrayal, love, and mental illness. The intensity of the actions are key to the story. Most of the major characters end up dead at the end of the play, and our production emphasizes the haunting act of remembering those who have passed. Our version is set in a realistic modern day, but using an abridged version of the standard original text.

There is no nudity in our production. The deaths occur using swords, and on one occasion a poison drink. Stage blood is used only to represent a wound realistically. We are not drawing the deaths out or exaggerating them, and there is no gratuitous gore. The ghost may be scary for younger children.

Click here to read an extensive synopsis of our production of Hamlet.