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1977 – Hamlet
Tom Hanks as Soldier, Reynaldo

Directed by: Vincent Dowling
Written by: William Shakespeare
Produced by:
Production year: 1977
Original release: June 1977 – September 1977
Opening Night:
Other cast:
Misc: Lakewood Civic Auditorium

Hamlet is Shakespeare’s most popular, and most puzzling, play. It follows the form of a “revenge tragedy,” in which the hero, Hamlet, seeks vengeance against his father’s murderer, his uncle Claudius, now the king of Denmark. Much of its fascination, however, lies in its uncertainties.

Among them: What is the Ghost—Hamlet’s father demanding justice, a tempting demon, an angelic messenger? Does Hamlet go mad, or merely pretend to? Once he is sure that Claudius is a murderer, why does he not act? Was his mother, Gertrude, unfaithful to her husband or complicit in his murder?