The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, often shortened to Hamlet, is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare at an uncertain date between 1599 and 1602. Set in the Kingdom of Denmark, the play dramatises the revenge Prince Hamlet is instructed to enact on his uncle Claudius. Claudius had murdered his own brother, Hamlet’s father King Hamlet, and subsequently seized the throne, marrying his deceased brother’s widow, Hamlet’s mother Gertrude.

Hamlet is one of Shakespeare’s most famous and oft performed plays. It is a play that has become deeply engrained in popular culture and most can quote a line from the play. The main character is an iconic role, one which many actors strive towards. The play is also Shakespeare’s longest, nearly 30,000 words in total, and something like a four hour run time when performed in full.

Hamlet by William Shakespeare

16 March 2013 – 22 March 2013 @ Subiaco Arts Centre

Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) and Barking Gecko Theatre Company

Cast & Creatives

Featuring 3rd Year Acting Students

Directed by John Sheedy

Set and Costume Design by Patrick Howe Lighting Design by Tegan Evans Sound Design by James Luscombe


“John Sheedy’s fresh, energised Hamlet shows its hand early. In its opening tableau, orderlies mop a bleak institutional common room, with its linoleum floor, green wall tiles and neon strip lighting.” The West Australian