So you definitely know of this one. Yes it is the one with “to be or not to be” and the skull, though not at the same time as you might think. You have probably heard that there “are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in your philosophy” and that you should “to thine own self be true”. You might even occasionally voice your dislike by stating that “something is rotten in the state of Denmark”. But even if you know that “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are dead” and the correct words to say to the skull are “Alas poor Yorrick”, have you ever actually seen HAMLET? And no, The Lion King does not count.
In the Kingdom of Denmark, the young prince Hamlet is sad and angry because of the hasty marriage between his mother Gertrude and his uncle Claudius, who has now become the new king of Denmark, only two months after the death of Hamlet’s father. Hamlet feels within his soul that something is wrong, a feeling which is proven true when his school-mate Horatio arrives at court and tells him that the ghost of Hamlet’s father has been seen walking the grounds of the castle. Hamlet decides to see the ghost for himself, and in the dead of night, he confronts the specter of the old king, and learns the truth: Claudius murdered Hamlet’s father in order to claim the both the crown and the queen for himself. Hamlet is now spurred onto revenge, and in order to investigate Claudius’ guilt freely, Hamlet pretends to be mad and alienates both his beloved Ophelia and his former friends Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. However, a plan forms as a troupe of players arrive at the castle: The play is the thing to catch the conscience of a king!
Expect madness, off-stage piracy, and plenty of on-stage deaths in this year’s Aalborg University Shakespeare Company production.