Extra deaths in Shakespeare's Hamlet?
June 16, 2008 12:57 PM Subscribe
Productions of Hamlet
in which an additional character dies unexpectedly? (spoilers for a 400-year-old play and modern productions)
posted by booksandlibretti to media & arts (9 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
One currently running production does this (once the show closes, I'll comment to give you the details). I saw it, and was amazed -- then curious whether it'd ever been done before.
A friend suggested that Martin Sheen's Hamlet, from 1968's Public Theater production in Central Park, may have done something similar with a Vietnam-y setting. Unfortunately I can't find information about that assertion, either way.
People expected to die in Hamlet:
-Hamlet's dad (offstage)
-Fortinbras's dad (offstage)
Know about a production with an even higher death toll? I'm interested in anything you've got -- from the local production in a church basement on up. The more documentation, the better, obviously. I have access to jstor and other scholarly resources, so feel free to link those articles as well as any others you find. Thanks!