Bad Quarto Productions will stage the first quarto of Hamlet, published in 1603, a year before some of the more-familiar printings of the famed tragedy.
Bad Quarto Productions specialize in performing modern theatre using classical Shakespearean staging techniques. According to the company, the earlier quarto of Hamlet is shorter, faster-paced and more action-packed. The re-imagined show promises to question what audiences know about "both Hamlet and Shakespeare as a dramatist."
Considered one of Shakespeare's most famous plays, Hamlet tells the story of a Danish prince who discovers that his Uncle Claudius has murdered his father, married his mother and claimed the throne. Directed by artistic director Tony Tambasco, performances are set to begin March 26 and run through April 10 at Studios 353, located at 353 W. 48 St., New York.
"At a time when theatre companies are increasingly turning to the classics to find meaning in our postmodern world, there's Q1 Hamlet, the first, best reminder that we don't know this Shakespeare fellow nearly as well as we like to imagine," says Tambasco in a press statement. "It's a message in a bottle from 1603 that forces us to confront that ‘to be or not to be’ is not necessarily a question at all, and invites us to admit a wider array of responses."
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