HAMLET – THE PLOT, THE CAST AND THE EVENTThursday 28th August 2014
Shakespeare’s Globe to Globe is on a two year world tour and will be performing Hamlet in Nelson’s Dockyard at the Copper and Lumber hotel on Tuesday 2nd September, 2014 as part of the celebration of the 450th annniversary of Shakespeare's birth.
The performance starts at 8pm but come early and enjoy drinks on the lawn from 7pm. A superb selction of Brydens Cuvee wines and food from the Copper and Lumber Hotel will be available for sale, and upstairs at Hamiltons, snacks and drinks will be avaialble from 6pm.
Tickets are available from the Antigua Yacht Club, Best of Books, Silver Chelles and The Larder for EC$135 for adults / EC$75 for students and will be on sale at the door should be any tickets be unsold on the night.
If you haven't read or seen Hamlet, or have but many years ago - here is a reminder of what its all about.
THE PLOT - Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, has not succeeded his father as King. On the throne is his uncle Claudius, who married Queen Gertrude immediately upon the death of her husband, the first King Hamlet. At midnight the ghost of the dead King appears to his son on the battlements of the castle and commands revenge.
Hamlet, unsure at first, simulates madness and asks for a performance of a play with a plot much like his father’s murder, so that he can see how the King responds. Claudius, deeply alarmed, plans to send Hamlet to England.
However, before Hamlet leaves, he kills Polonius (the father of Ophelia, the woman Hamlet loves) who is hiding behind a curtain in Gertrude’s room.
Two messengers conduct Hamlet towards the voyage to England, bearing letters that order his death when he arrives. Ophelia’s brother Laertes, enraged by the news of his father’s death, finds that his sister is helplessly mad, and swears to kill Hamlet. Ophelia drowns herself, and Hamlet returns to Denmark in time for her burial.
Later, at a fencing match where Laertes seeks to stab Hamlet with a poisoned rapier, both men are wounded. Queen Gertrude drinks, in error, the poisoned wine Claudius has prepared for Hamlet. Laertes and Gertrude die; Hamlet, after killing Claudius, collapses in the arms of his friend Horatio and dies. Also check out this excellent link for a further synopsis. http://www.shakespeare-online.com/plays/hamlet/hamletps.html
- JOHN DOUGALL: CLAUDIUS & POLONIUS
- LADI EMERUWA: HAMLET
- PHOEBE FILDES: OPHELIA / GERTRUDE / HORATIO /ROSENCRANTZ
- MIRANDA FOSTER: GERTRUDE
- NAEEM HAYAT: HAMLET
- BERUCE KHAN: HORATIO / ROSENCRANTZ / LAERTES/ GUILDENSTERN
- TOM LAWRENCE: HORATIO/ ROSENCRANTZ/ LAERTES/ GUILDENSTERN
- JENNIFFER LEONG: OPHELIA/ HORATIO / ROSENCRANTZ
- RAWIRI PARATENE: CLAUDIUS & POLONIUS
- MATTHEW ROMAIN: HORATIO/ ROSENCRANTZ/ LAERTES/ GUILDENSTERN
- AMANDA WILKIN: OPHELIA/ GERTRUDE / HORATIO/ROSENCRANTZ
- KEITH BARTLETT: CLAUDIUS/ POLONIUS
SPONSORS: This special production of Hamlet in Antigua from the Globe to Globe international tour would not have been possible without the kind assistance of the sponsors.
Special thanks go to the ‘team on the ground’ in Antigua:
- Karen Walwyn, event co-ordinator
- Alison Sly-Adams & KC Nash, Antiguanice.com
- Mitzi & Howard Allen, Hama Productions
- Eurileen Thibou, Eureka Limited
- Lisa Makhoul, G-Tech Promotions
- Martin Mansoor & Jamal Thomas, LAVA International
- Eloise Francis & Staff of Copper & Lumber Hotel
- Sharon Green, AS Brydens
- Marissa Halpike
- Ann Marie Martin, National Parks
- The Transport Board
- And our volunteer students and adults who donated their time over the past weekend and during tonight’s show
About Shakespeare’s Globe:
Shakespeare’s Globe has become one of the most popular visitor destinations in the UK, at the heart of the regeneration of London’s Bankside. Shakespeare’s Globe is a charity and continues to operate without annual government funding.
Under the leadership of Artistic Director Dominic Dromgoole, the theatre season plays in repertory from April to October annually, and has gained an international reputation for performance excellence. Globe Education, directed by Patrick Spottiswoode, is one of the largest arts education departments in the country, and shares its approaches to the teaching of Shakespeare with over 100,000 students a year. Shakespeare’s Globe Tour and Exhibition is open all year round and is the world’s only permanent exhibition dedicated to Shakespeare’s theatrical career.
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