Aquila Theatre Presents: Hamlet
Hamlet is arguably Shakespeare’s greatest play. Written in 1602, it is one of the most complete portrayals of the human psyche that exists in Western Literature. A compelling tale of familial discord, personal ambition, love and revenge, Hamlet has enthralled audiences for 400 years. Mortality and madness are two of the most pronounced themes of Shakespeare’s epic and the characters; Hamlet, Ophelia, Gertrude, and Claudius inhabit a rich landscape replete with deceit, mistrust, and schemes. Four centuries after its premiere, Hamlet continues as one of the classics of the world stage.
Aquila’s productions of Shakespeare have been critically acclaimed by The New Yorker as “beautifully spoken, dramatically revealing and crystalline in effect.” The New York Times says that Aquila “makes Shakespeare perfectly comprehensible” and hails the company as “an extraordinarily inventive and disciplined outfit.”
Directed by Desiree Sanchez, Aquila’s Hamlet will seek to shed new light on this tragic story. The production will use Sanchez’s innovative use of movement, design, sound, and superb acting to vividly explore the depths of rage, madness, love and death brought about by a culture of obsessive personal ambition. D.C. Metro said “Sanchez is wildly inventive, and the production choices made were carried out beautifully” and NY Theater Review says “her direction is polished and laser sharp. She gets the maximum amount of potential out of every stage moment, has exceptional attention to detail, and is a demiurge of direction.”
Orchestra seating only: $24 | K-12 Student: $10 | All fees included
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Group discount of 15% on parties of 8 or more!
Learn before you go.
Caroline Bicks. the Stephen E. King Chair in Literature, will bring her Shakespeare expertise to this pre-performance discussion of Hamlet.
6:00-6:30 p.m. – Lecture
7:00 – Show begins
The lecture is free and open to the public.
CULTURAL AFFAIRS/DISTINGUISHED LECTURE SERIES FUND
A special show for students will be presented on Thursday, Oct. 12 at 10 a.m.
$3 per ticket, including students, teachers and chaperones.
• “Guided tour” showing
• 1 hour
• Full Costume
• All major scenes
• Hosted by a cast member who provides a narrative thread
• Question and answer session after the show!
To purchase student tickets please call 207.581.1755