Prince of Denmark


Michael Lesslie

Published by Samuel French Ltd

Large Mixed Cast
This One-act prelude to Shakespeare's most famous tragedy imagines Hamlet as a restless teenager frustrated by the limits of his role and furious at his father's warmongering ways

It provides a fascinating back-story to Hamlet and a sophisticated insight into the psyche of its hero, making it ideal for all ages

It premiered at the UK's National Theatre in 2010 as part of their NT Discover Programme

All the characters are in their late teens and can be played by either male or female actors - Laertes, Reynaldo, Osric, Ophelia, Hamlet, Rosencrantz, Guildenstern, Horatio, Player, Marcellus + Several Courtiers, Guards & Players

"... a top-notch 50 minutes ... I could happily have sat through a piece twice this length and so, it transpired, could the school students watching enrapt alongside me" ~ Fiona Mountford, Evening Standard

"... superb ... breathtakingly eloquent ... shockingly funny" ~ Nancy Groves,

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