I Hate Hamlet

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I Hate Hamlet

A Play by Paul Rudnick

As its title suggests, Paul Rudnick’s 1991 play I Hate Hamlet deals with the question of just how relevant William Shakespeare’s Hamlet is for modern audiences. The play centers around a young actor who has just earned fame and fortune on a television show about doctors and is apprehensive about returning to New York to play Hamlet in the prestigious Shakespeare in Central Park festival. To add to his insecurities, his realtor has rented him an apartment once inhabited by John Barrymore, who many consider to have given one of the greatest performances of Hamlet in the twentieth century. A séance brings the ghost of John Barrymore back to the apartment where he once lived. Barrymore offers guidance to the young actor, who has to decide between the easy money that he could make with a new television series and the confidence to be gained by facing the world’s most difficult acting challenge. Rudnick fills the play with laughs, as he lightly satirizes greedy realtors, vacuous Hollywood producers, pretentious but well-meaning actresses, and hard-drinking, womanizing actors.

Weathervane Rating: PG

2018 Performance Dates and Times:

 Please note that all evening performances will begin at 7:30pm.

Thursday, June 21st at 7:30pm
Friday, June 22nd at 7:30pm
Saturday, June 23rd at 2pm
Saturday, June 23rd at 7:30pm
Wednesday, June 27th at 7:30pm
Thursday, June 28th at 7:30pm
Friday, June 29th at 7:30pm
Saturday, June 30th at 7:30pm

Ticket Prices*:

For information and to purchase 2018 Season Tickets, click here.
Individual show tickets will go on sale March 1, 2018.

$35 Adults, $33 Seniors (60 and over), $24 Students with ID, $15 Children (12 and younger)

Call the Box Office at 740-366-4616 for special group rates.

*Please note: All ticket sales are final, and all ticket prices listed include service, processing, and handling fees. Please visit the Ticket Prices and Policies page for more information.

I Hate Hamlet is presented through special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

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