Open-air Summer Show


by William Shakespeare

A skull wearing a crown

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Thu 26 July - Sat 4 August 2018 at 7.30pm (no performance Sun 29 July)
Performed in the open air in the courtyard of Abington Park Museum, Park Avenue South, Northampton NN1 5LW


Friday 4 May at 7.30pm

Burns Street Studios,
9 Burns Street,
Northampton NN1 3QF

Anyone can audition for Masque Theatre productions. If cast, you will be required to become a member of the group.

For more information about this production, email the director Rob Kendall or call 01604 711317.

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Rob Kendall | director

The play shouldn't run more than two hours (so not the four hours it would take if there were no cuts).

It will also be in period 17th Century costume.

Masque Theatre have not performed Hamlet before (the nearest to it was Stoppard's Rozencrantz & Guildenstern a few years ago) so this will be a 'first'.

Dramatis Personae

  • Claudius, King of Denmark, uncle to Hamlet.
  • Gertrude, Queen of Denmark and mother of Hamlet.
  • Hamlet (in the play aged around 32, but can be younger/older)
  • Horatio, friend to Hamlet.
  • Polonius, Lord Chamberlain (normally in his dotage).
  • Laertes, his son.
  • Ophelia, his daughter (usually late teens/early 20s).

Plus named roles:

  • Rosencrantz
  • Guildenstern
  • Gravedigger
  • Osric
  • Fortinbras, a Prince of Norway
  • Bernardo & Marcellus, soldiers to Denmark

and an 'infinite variety' of other support roles.

Masque Theatre's production is directed by Masque member Rob Kendall, whose shows for the group include The Bacchae (2018), Henry V (2016), The Importance of Being Earnest (2016), The Lion in Winter (2015), Becket (2014), Troilus and Cressida (2014), Margot (2013), Nicholas Nickleby (2012), Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (2012), Romeo and Juliet (2011) and (2001), Great Expectations (2010) The Cherry Orchard (2010), A Midsummer Night's Dream (2009), Trainspotting (2008), Mother Courage And Her Children (2007), Twelfth Night (2005), Bent (2004), Hell Cab (2004), Murder in the Cathedral (2002), A View From The Bridge (2002), Entertaining Mr Sloane (2000), East (1998), A Streetcar Named Desire (1997) and Antony and Cleopatra (1996)