Shakespeare on Main Street Brings “Hamlet” to Manchester VT

Shakespeare on Main Street will present it’s 2017 summer production of “Hamlet: 2017,” in Manchester, Brandon and Woodstock.

If extraterrestrials were to visit Planet Earth, we’d probably put a copy of Hamlet in their welcome basket. It’s that good. Well over 400 years after William Shakespeare wrote the play between 1599 and 1601, readers and audiences are still connecting with it.

The play tells the story of Prince Hamlet, but he’s no party-boy prince. When the action begins, we discover that his dad (the King of Denmark) has been murdered by his own brother and Hamlet’s uncle, Claudius. Ouch. Talk about sibling rivalry. And it gets worse: not too long after the murder, Claudius married Hamlet’s mom, Gertrude.

Hamlet is having a teenage crisis. Okay, so he doesn’t dye his hair and plaster pictures of Fall Out Boy all over his walls, but he does start wearing all black and talking to himself a lot—the 16th century equivalent of keeping a video diary. He’s got a crush on a girl who might be cheating on him; he doesn’t like the guy his mom remarried; and he feels a lot of pressure to live up to his dad’s expectations.

In other words, Hamlet is just like us. Sure, he’s got bigger problems. (And ghosts.) But his mysterious inner life, his roller coaster of emotions, his struggle to figure out what to do with his life, his conflicted feelings about his parents—this is the stuff that every coming-of-age novel (and movie) is made of.

Shakespeare on Main Street sets the play in modern day, drawing the audience to explore how Shakespeare’s words are relevant to today. The key themes behind Hamlet are the price of vengeance, effects of deception, madness and the consequences of corruption. The themes that Shakespeare expresses in Hamlet are just as relevant to today’s society, perhaps even more so.

Come join us this summer for an exploration of the human spirit and what happens when it is challenged. Show dates and times are:

Sat, July 22 7:00 pm, and Sun, July 23 at 2pm
Hunter Hall at Maple Street School, 322 Maple Street, Manchester Center, Vermont;

Sat, July 29 at 7:00pm, and Sun, July 30 at 2pm
Brandon Town Hall Theatre,1 Conant Square, Brandon, Vermont.

Sat, Aug 5 at 7:00pm, and Sun, Aug 6 at 2pm
Woodstock Little Theater, 54 River Street, Woodstock, Vermont.

Tickets are $18 for Adults, and $12 for Ages 18 & Under.

Shakespeare on Main Street of Vermont is a nonprofit (501c3) organization and depends largely on public donations to stage our productions. It is dedicated to fostering a greater appreciation of language and the performing arts, and enriching our community by presenting accessible, quality community theatre that educates, inspires and entertains people of all ages across mid- and southern Vermont. For more information, log on to ShakespeareOnMainStreet.org.

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