Greenbrier Valley Theatre (GVT), the State Professional Theatre of West Virginia, proudly presents William Shakespeare’s classic play “The Tragedy of Hamlet.” This tragic tale of murder and vengeance runs Oct. 2 and 3, Oct. 8-10 and Oct. 15-17 at 7:30 p.m., with a Pay-What-You-Can Preview Oct. 1 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $27 for general admission, $24 for seniors and $20 for children/students. For tickets or more information, contact GVT’s Box Office at 304-645-3838 or visit www.gvtheatre.org.
In the midst of impending war, Prince Hamlet learns from the ghost of his father that he was murdered by Hamlet’s uncle, Claudius. With news of Claudius’ ascent to the throne and his hasty marriage to Hamlet’s mother, the Prince is forced to avenge his father’s death. Paralyzed by the task he must do, he rages against the situation he finds himself in, threatening his sanity and the future of the state. Shakespeare’s timeless tragedy of murder, madness, treachery and revenge is generally considered his greatest masterpiece.
For more than centuries, William Shakespeare’s plays have remained some of the most powerful and influential work ever written. His work entertained the royalty and nobility of his time, and it continues, to this day, to be adapted and reimagined.
Jordan Kaplan, who will portray Hamlet, has appeared in numerous productions of Shakespeare’s plays.
“I think Shakespeare’s work has remained so important because the stakes in the plays are always so high. They aren’t sitcoms. Every situation is the biggest situation you can imagine,” said Kaplan.
Alan Ball, brings his extensive experience with Shakespeare to the role of Polonius.
“I enjoy the works of Shakespeare so much because they challenge me more both as an actor and as a person – and give me more in return – than any other plays. I get to explore the highest highs and lowest lows of my life; I learn more about myself and the world in general. I get to pretend to be heroes I never could be and villains I would never wish to be,” said Ball.