FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 13, 2019
Baltimore Shakespeare Factory presents Hamlet
in Original Shakespearean Pronunciation
BALTIMORE, MD – Hampden’s early modern theatre company, Baltimore Shakespeare Factory (BSF), is proud to present Hamlet, opening April 12, 2019. This famous tragedy, regarded by many as the greatest play ever written, will be staged on the Elizabethan stage of The Great Hall using Original Pronunciation, the accent of Shakespeare’s time.
Funny, thrilling, and heartbreaking, Hamlet is a tour de force. It has represented many things to many people, and often stands as shorthand for “Theatre.” Strip away the pretense, though, and what’s left is still a masterpiece. BSF presents it in Original Pronunciation, as audiences of the 1600s first heard it.
Hamlet will mark BSF’s fifth Original Pronunciation show, officially making this Baltimore company the American leader in OP productions.
Directed by BSF Resident Company Member Chris Cotterman (Love’s Labour’s Lost, Julius Caesar, As You Like It, Much Ado About Nothing, A Midsummer Night’s Dream), the production stars Terrence Fleming as the Prince of Denmark, with Melanie Bishop (Gertrude), Conrad Deitrick (Marcellus), Sean Eustis (Rosencrantz), Erin Hanratty (Player Queen), Madeleine Adele Koon (Guildenstern), Ethan Larsen (Horatio), Rachel Manu (Ophelia), Terry O’Hara (Claudius), Shaquille Stewart (Polonius), Joshua Street (Laertes), and Morgan State University student Dylan McKenzi in various roles. Makeima Freeland, student at Notre Dame of Maryland University, assistant directs.
The Baltimore Shakespeare Factory will present Hamlet Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from April 12-May 5, 2019.
Directed by Chris Cotterman
April 12-May 5
Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm, Sundays at 4:00pm; Pre-show entertainment begins 30 minutes before showtime.
The Great Hall at St. Mary’s Community Center
3900 Roland Avenue, Baltimore, 21211
Tickets are available on the BSF website, www.baltimoreshakespearefactory.org/hamlet
Opening Night (April 12) is Pay-What-You-Will!, collected at the door. For all other performances, ticket prices are $24 for adults, and $19 for students, teachers, artists, and senior citizens (55+); admission for children and 12 and below is free.
Each Saturday performance will be preceded by a lecture by a guest artist, or a member of the BSF artistic staff. Lectures are free to attend and begin at 7pm.
About Baltimore Shakespeare Factory
Baltimore Shakespeare Factory (BSF) produces five shows each year at the Great Hall at St. Mary’s in Hampden. It is the objective of Baltimore Shakespeare Factory to recreate, as closely as is possible, the staging conditions, spirit, and atmosphere created by Shakespeare’s theatre company. We are the only theatre in the region producing only plays from the Elizabethan and Jacobean periods
We also continue to expand our outreach into the community, offering education programs for local students, and lectures and workshops for people of all ages. BSF is a proud member of the Shakespeare Theatre Association, the Hampden Village Merchants Association, and the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance.