Hamlet

by William Shakespeare |
Directed by Paul Mason Barnes

For the first time in its 51-year history, The Rep will produce Hamlet. Spurred on to vengeance by the ghost of his father, Prince Hamlet hovers in limbo between bloody retribution and madness. Potentially fatal indecision delays his every step. With its profound soliloquies, complexly shaded characters and brutal plotting, it’s Shakespeare’s most enduring tragedy.

Running time: Two hours, 55 minutes, performed with one 15-minute intermission. Hamlet will begin promptly at show time for every performance. We suggest arriving early to ensure that you don't miss a minute!

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Click to watch the Hamlet Show Trailer!

Ross Cowan, Jim Poulos and Stephen Hu. Photo by Peter Wochniak.

The cast of Hamlet. Photo by Peter Wochniak.

Kim Wong and Larry Paulsen. Photo by Peter Wochniak.

Michael James Reed. Photo by Peter Wochniak.

Jim Poulos and Robynn Rodriguez. Photo by Peter Wochniak.

Michael James Reed and Jim Poulos. Photo by Peter Wochniak.

The cast of Hamlet. Photo by Peter Wochniak.

Jim Poulos. Photo by Peter Wochniak.

Jim Poulos, Carl Howell and Ben Nordstrom. Photo by Peter Wochniak.

Christopher Gerson and Jim Poulos. Photo by Peter Wochniak.

Cast & Creative Staff

CAST:

  • Jim Poulos (Hamlet)
  • Michael James Reed (Claudius)
  • Robynn Rodriguez (Gertrude)
  • Larry Paulsen (Polonius)
  • Christopher Gerson (Horatio)
  • Kim Wong (Ophelia)
  • Carl Howell (Laertes)
  • Jeffrey Cummings (Ghost/Fortinbras)
  • Ross Cowan (Rosencrantz)
  • Stephen Hu (Guildenstern)
  • Jonathan Gillard Daly (Player King/Gravedigger)
  • Tarah Flanagan (Player Queen/Gravedigger)
  • Ben Nordstrom (Osric)
  • Jerry Vogel (Bernardo/Priest)
  • Scott James Smith (Francisco/Reynaldo/Ensemble)
  • Harrison Farmer (Marcellus/Ensemble)
  • Ben Love (Player Lucianus/Ensemble)
  • Noah Benjamin Cornwell (Ensemble)
  • Esmeralda Garza (Ensemble)
  • Cassandra Lopez (Ensemble)
  • Delaney Piggens (Ensemble)
  • Joshua Roach (Ensemble)
  • Chaunery Kingsford Tanguay (Ensemble)

CREATIVE STAFF:

  • Paul Mason Barnes (Director)
  • Michael Ganio (Scenic Designer)
  • Dorothy Marshall Englis (Costume Designer)
  • Lonnie Rafael Alcaraz (Lighting Designer)
  • Barry G. Funderburg (Sound Deisgner)
  • Paul Dennhardt (Fight Director)
  • Pat McCorkle / Katja Zarolinski, McCorkle Casting Ltd. (Casting Director)
  • Tony Dearing (Stage Manager)
  • Dora Jane Trenbeath (Assistant Stage Manager)

Enhance Your Experience

  • Read our Hamlet Play Guide for detailed descriptions of characters, an overview of the story and an in-depth essay on the play's background.
     
  • Stay for Post-Show Discussions with cast members and Rep staff after the following performances: October 18 (matinee), October 19, October 26 and November 1.
     
  • Find books, music and movies from our partners at St. Louis County Library that will deepen your understanding of the play. See their curated list of materials here.
     
  • The Rep and The Novel Neighbor are teaming up to present the Pages & Stages Book Club! Join us at 7 p.m. October 26 at The Novel Neighbor as we teach our club members not to fear Shakespeare! We have chosen a book version of Hamlet that features modern English alongside the original text - to demystify Shakespeare’s words and make the story more accessible. By signing up for the club at The Novel Neighbor, you'll get discounts on the book and The Rep's staged version. Learn more here.
     
  • Our partners at the Saint Louis Art Museum present a free, docent-led tour that ties in with the themes of Hamlet. Embark on an artful adventure highlighting Ghosts, Portraits and Scary Stories in the Art Museum's collection. Tour dates and times:
     
    • October 14; 11:00 a.m.

    • October 22; 2:00 p.m.

    • November 4; 11:00 a.m.

Age Recommendations

Hamlet is recommended for adult and teenage audiences. As is common in many of Shakespeare’s works, the show contains bawdy humor, violent confrontations, murder and suicide.

Open Captioning & Live Audio Description

The Rep offers Open Captioning seats in the Left Bay as well as Live Audio Description for the 2 p.m. November 5 performance of Hamlet.

OPEN CAPTIONING DETAILS:

Hearing-impaired patrons can purchase those tickets here. Please note that Open Captioning Seats are only available in the Left Bay area.

At performances presented with Open Captioning, the dialogue spoken or sung by the actors on stage is also displayed in text on an electronic screen visible to one section of the seating area.

Much like Closed Captioning for television programs, Open Captioning presents the spoken or sung portions, as well as sound effects, of the performance in a format accessible to deaf audience members or to patrons who may have difficulty hearing clearly.

LIVE AUDIO DESCRIPTION DETAILS:

Patrons who wish to listen in to live audio description provided by MindsEye Radio can purchase tickets anywhere in the theatre.

The description begins with program notes and stage description 10 minutes prior to the performance. Visual moments of the performance will be described without interfering with the dialogue.

To reserve tickets and description devices, please call the Box Office at 314-968-4925.