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Coronado Playhouse Presents Free Night of Theatre

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Coronado Playhouse presents William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, currently running through Oct. 4 as part of its 13th Annual Free Shakespeare. This production is adapted and directed by Keith A. Anderson.

Shakespeare’s most famous tragedy has everything: murder, madness, ghosts, political intrigue, love, incest and dueling. This production, however, is missing some thee’s and thou’s and wherefore’s and many other Elizabethan phrases.

“A play consists of words, and words convey meaning. Shakespeare’s language is over 400 years old. There was no dictionary or book of English grammar in his time. Many words used by him are now archaic or obsolete; also many of the same words used today conveyed different meanings to the Elizabethan audience,” says Anderson of the original text. “In this production, numerous archaic and obsolete words have been changed to modern equivalents.”

Still, the plot remains the same. The play, set in Denmark, recounts how Hamlet takes revenge on his uncle Claudius, for the murdered of the king, Hamlet’s father, and then taken the throne and married Gertrude, Hamlet’s mother. The play charts the course of real and feigned madness — from overwhelming grief to seething rage — and explores themes of treachery, revenge, incest and moral corruption.

Free tickets must be reserved by mail. Log on to the Playhouse’s website for more information.

13th Annual Free Shakespeare presented by the Coronado Playhouse

Sept. 11 – Oct. 4
Tickets: Free

Coronado Playhouse, 1835 Strand Way (In Coronado)
Box Office: (619) 435-4856

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