World premiere after William Shakespeare by Tue Biering
About the piece

Hamlet is dead. Old Hamlet. Prince Hamlet’s father has the same name as his son. The old king Hamlet’s murderer is his brother Claudius. Claudius married Hamlet’s widow Gertrud and is now on the throne. Prince Hamlet studied in Wittenberg. He is now returning to Denmark. The coronation of the new king
Claudius calls for the prince. He is sick with grief and haunted by the ghost of his father. The ghost wants Hamlet to avenge him. William Shakespeare’s tragedy of 1602 is certainly one of, if not the most famous drama in the history of theatre. It exemplarily shows the complexity of human existence and how difficult it is to differentiate between good and bad. Hamlet fails spectacularly at the latter. Hamlet is perhaps the most famous play in the world. A highlight of European culture. The tragedy of the melancholic prince, who doesn’t know whether he wants to be or not, is for many people the epitome of theater. For Shakespeare his origin lies in Denmark – currently the happiest country on earth. The internationally acclaimed Danish director Tue Biering works – freely based on the original – with a real, Danish Hamlet on the questions of the drama and the question of what it means to play this piece today. What does the drama of a young man refusing to abandon the old order and defending it down to the blood tell us? Is it perhaps true that we would all love to be Hamlet? Eternally misunderstood and brimming with righteous anger. With biting humor and great enthusiasm for playing with layers, “Prince of Denmark” tells the brilliant story of the original on one hand and how it is staged in 2021 on the other. Tue Biering, one of Denmark’s most interesting directors and playwrights, regards Shakespeare’s play with a Danish actor as Hamlet. The question ofidentity and truthfulness, which drives Hamlet insane, is thus shifted to the level of those playing.

WITH:  Katharina Abt, Morten Burian, Henrik Kordes, Thorsten Loeb, Marielle Layher, Max Scherer, Daniel Scholz, Stefan Schuster, Maximilian Siegling, Béla Milan Uhrlau, Mathias Znidarec

Regie & Text
Tue Biering
Setdesign and costume:
Johan Kølkjær
Nanna-Karina Schleimann
Dramaturgie & translation
Maximilian Löwenstein