Please, Continue (Hamlet)

Theatre, Drama Arts Centre Melbourne , Southbank Thursday October 5 2017 - Monday October 9 2017
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Please, Continue (Hamlet)
Photograph: Magali Girardin

Recent history and Elizabethan drama overlap in this live court case, putting Shakespeare's anti-hero on trial

Dutch provocateurs Roger Bernat and Yan Duyvendak took inspiration from a real life murder case and Shakespeare's tragedy to create this unique fusion of theatre and legal trial. Three actors (cast locally) will play the characters of Hamlet, Ophelia and Gertrude, alongside real-life barristers, a judge, and court psychologist, in a 'mock trial' of Hamlet for the murder of Polonius. Near the end of the performance, 12 audience members will be selected to form a jury. "If only we could start doing this around the world, I think justice would be better," says artistic director Jonathan Holloway, who programmed Please, Continue (Hamlet) for his second Melbourne Festival.

Check out our Melbourne Festival 2017 highlights hit list, and our Melbourne Festival Feasts guide.

By: Dee Jefferson

Venue name: Arts Centre Melbourne
Address: 100 St Kilda Rd
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 7am-late; Sat 9am-late; Sun 10am-5pm
Transport: Nearby stations: Flinders Street
Price: $30-$59
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