Following the sudden death of his father, the King, Hamlet returns from University to mourn with the rest of the royal court. In addition to overwhelming grief, Hamlet must also contend with his disgust at the marriage of his newly widowed mother, Queen Gertrude, to his Uncle, King Hamlet’s brother, Claudius, who has taken the throne.
The fragility of Hamlet’s mental state is soon shattered by the appearance of the ghost of the deceased King. The ghost beckons Hamlet to follow him and reveals that his brother Claudius murdered him and instructs Hamlet to avenge his death.
It is often said that Hamlet is performed somewhere in the world, every minute of every day. This may or may not be true. However, Shakespeare in the Park’s 2020 staging of the play will be unlike any other. And that is a fact!