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"To Be, or Not to Be": Shakespeare's "Hamlet" to open at BYU March 21

The Brigham Young University production of the Shakespearean classic “Hamlet” will begin Wednesday, March 21 and run through Saturday, April 7, at 7:30 p.m. in the Pardoe Theatre.

Tickets are $14 or $9 weeknights and $10 weekends with a BYU or student ID. March 21-22 are dress rehearsal perform-ances and will cost $7. A matinee, also $7, -will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 24. There will be no performances Sundays or Mondays. For tickets, visit the Fine Arts Ticket Office, call (801) 422-7664 or visit performances.byu.edu

Hamlet, the prince of Denmark, inspired by the ghost of his dead father, plots treachery and revenge against his murderous uncle Claudius, who has killed Hamlet’s father and married his mother. Claudius in turn tries to spy on and ultimately eliminate his nephew, and the two plot lines converge in disaster.

As one of Shakespeare’s best-known tragedies, “Hamlet” is an inherently dark, violent journey into the depths of human obsession and revenge, according to director David Morgan, who noted that the production is better suited for older teenagers and adults.

Morgan’s production of Shakespeare’s arguably most-quoted play attempts to “deconstruct” the script by rearranging key scenes, leading to a more psychological look at what is happening in the mind of Hamlet.

Hamlet will be played by Matthew Bellows, with Ophelia played by Jenny Latimer. Slate Holmgren will play Claudius, Tracey Woolley will play Gertrude and Jason Purdie will portray Polonius, with Phillip Clayton playing Laertes, Lauren Noll portraying Horatio and Reese Purser as the Ghost.

Morgan will be assisted by Brittany Blaire Howard, and Melanie Antuna is the production dramaturg. Michelle Schovaers is the production stage manager and Eric Fielding is scenic designer, assisted by Jennifer Mortensen. The costume, makeup and hair design is by Erin Dinnell-Bjorn, with lighting design by Michael Handley and sound design by Mat Goebel.

For more information, contact David Morgan at (801) 422-4719.

Writer: Brooke Eddington

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