BRATTLEBORO -- Kingdom County Productions and Marlboro College will present a lavish and fully costumed production of William Shakespeare's "Hamlet," tonight at 7 p.m., at the Latchis Theater.
The show will be performed through a special collaboration between two of America's leading theater troupes, The Acting Company and The Guthrie Theater.
Set in the Kingdom of Denmark, the play dramatizes the revenge Prince Hamlet exacts for his father's murder, setting him on a journey seeking personal meaning and coming to grips with his own mortality. It vividly portrays overwhelming grief and rage while exploring themes of danger, revenge and moral corruption. "Hamlet" is among the most powerful and influential tragedies in English literature, one of Shakespeare's most popular works -- and still among his most performed. Published between 1601 and 1603, many believe that "Hamlet" is the best of Shakespeare's works and the perfect play. It is certainly one of his most well-known and oft-quoted plays.
Ian Belknap, The Acting Company's artistic director, brings this masterpiece to life having previously directed the Company's "The Comedy of Errors" and John Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men." He served as assistant to Doug Hughes on the Company's "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter," selected as the fourth best play of the year by Time Magazine.
The Acting Company has toured to 48 states and 10 foreign countries earning a Tony for Excellence in Theater. Kevin Kline, Rainn Wilson, Patti LuPone, Cristin Milioti, Frances Conroy, Jeffrey Wright, Harriet Harris, David Ogden Stiers, Keith David, Hamish Linklater and Jesse L. Martin are among the performers who began their careers on tour with The Acting Company. "Hamlet" will be performed in collaboration with another Tony-winning troupe, Minneapolis' Guthrie Theater. Actors who started at the Guthrie include Jessica Tandy, Hume Cronyn and Frank Langella.
Tickets are on sale by calling 888-757-5559 or visiting KingdomCounty.org. Tickets are also available at the door. For more information, contact Kingdom County Productions series producer Jay Craven at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kingdom County Productions will also present a fully-staged "Hamlet" matinee for free -- on Thursday. Showtime is 10:30 a.m., and admission is free to all community members. Tickets will be available at the door or by reservation to producer Jay Craven at email@example.com. The free matinee is made possible by support from The Thomas Thompson Trust and the Kingdom County Productions Windham County Fund. Other sponsors include Chroma Technology, Brattleboro Subaru, Brattleboro Retreat, Brattleboro Savings and Loan, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont and more than 30 local families.