Blackstone Audio is proud to present the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s brilliant production of Shakespeare’s disturbing and psychologically rich masterpiece Hamlet. Whether you’re a Hamlet scholar or being exposed to this work for the first time, this stunning work of audio theater, fully dramatized with performances by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival cast, is a must-listen.
In Denmark a king is dead. His brother, Claudius, has snatched the throne, and the widowed queen, yet life goes on—for everyone but Prince Hamlet. The prince, fixated on his uncle as the murderer, is charged by his father’s ghost to avenge the wrong. Disconnected from the foul world around him, Hamlet strains under the weight of his task, descending into madness, both real and feigned.
Based on the 2010 Oregon Shakespeare Festival production directed by Bill Rauch.
A Blackstone Audio production.
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This is a studio recording of the 2010 production of Hamlet done by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. I was lucky enough to see the stage production, and can recommend it without reservation. Dan Donohue's protrayal, and Bill Rauch's direction, made the the best Hamlet I've ever seen...and this was the 17th production of this play that I've attended. The listener does, by necessity of the media, lose some of the experience when listening to the audiobook as compared to watching the live performance. But, even taking that into account, I can't recommend this production highly enough for those interested in an updated performance in the American idiom. It's simply some of the best Shakespeare around.
PS -- if you like The Bard, look into a trip to OSF in little Ashland, OR. I don't think you'll be disappointed. (osfashland.org) It has become our annual family vacation, and has been since 1977 -- we love it!