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Athelhampton - Hamlet – The Lord Chamberlain’s Men

When? 19 July 2024
Where? Athelhampton House & Gardens - Dorchester

  • Athelhampton - Hamlet – The Lord Chamberlain’s Men

Join The Lord Chamberlain’s Men this summer, in their 20th year, for Hamlet, the greatest play in the English language. With a history stretching back to William Shakespeare’s original company, they present this great play as he first saw it – in the open air, with an all male cast and Elizabethan costumes, music and dance.
This production is co-hosted with Dorchester Arts and tickets are available from their site only - CLICK HERE
“Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.”
Returning home from university for his father, the King of Denmark’s funeral, which is also the occasion of his mother’s remarriage to his uncle, Hamlet the Prince, is visited by the ghost of his father. The ghost reveals that his brother, Hamlet’s uncle, now stepfather and King, killed him and he urges Hamlet to take revenge. Driven to distraction by the grief of his father’s death and what lies ahead of him, Hamlet is forced to confront his deepest fears and in doing so questions himself, those around him and the very nature of existence.
“To be, or not to be, that is the question.”
Thrilling, moving and deeply human this stunning play seeks answers to life’s biggest questions and, in doing so, holds up a mirror to all our natures.
“Thus conscience does make cowards of us all”
Our guide to getting the best out of your time outdoors
Come prepared! – Bring whatever you need for a cosy afternoon. Sun shades, sun cream, hats, warm woollies, blankets, waterproofs, face mask, a waterproof lap cover (either a sheet of paper or a bin bag work well), and insect spray!
Bring your own seat – Low backed chairs, rugs and a cushion are always nice. Combine comfort and style! Please make sure that any chairs and/or umbrellas will not obscure anyone else’s view.
Gather a posse – Bring friends and family (family tickets are available). The more the merrier for a fun day or night out!
Arrive Early – Pick a great spot and enjoy the atmospheric surroundings.
Bring a Torch – It’s very helpful to safely find your way back to the car for evening performances.
Bring a Picnic – Refreshments are also available from an hour before the performance.

More information:
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Event hosted by:

Athelhampton House & Gardens

Athelhampton, Dorchester, DT2 7LG

Tel: 01305 848363

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