To be, or not to be, that is the question… Theatre Calgary is bringing Hamlet outside this Tuesday, as it begins its annual outdoor performances of Shakespeare by the Bow.
The play tells of Hamlet, whose father, the King, has mysteriously died; his Uncle Claudius now wears the crown and has taken Hamlet’s mother as his wife.
The young prince must make a decision: suffer his suspicion and rage in silence, or take action to avenge his father’s death.
Rather aptly, Hamlet will be performed in Prince’s Island Park from June 21 to August 21; note there are no performances on Monday evenings.
In this gender swapping production, Hamlet will be played by Natasha Alexandra Strickey, sidekick Horatio by Keshia Cheesman and love interest Bradley Doré.
And in a new initiative, during a hiatus from July 19 to 24, Shakespeare by the Bow will move to St. Patrick’s Island for Hamlet – A Ghost Story. More details coming soon…
Shakespeare by the Bow is a pay-what-you-will and non-ticketed event, so you can just turn up with a blanket and picnic and settle in; the suggested donation is $20 per adult.
All funds go towards the Shakespeare by the Bow program providing mentorship and support for Alberta’s emerging theatre artists.
Where: Prince’s Island Park – 698 Eau Claire Avenue SW
When: Runs from June 21 to August 21, every day except Mondays; performances at 7 pm, with an extra 2pm matinee on Sundays. On hiatus between July 19 and 24.
More info: Theatre Calgary’s website