April 17

June 9, 2019

CST’s Courtyard Theater

by William Shakespeare
directed by Barbara Gaines

3.5 stars A darn fine Hamlet...very likeable and especially emotional


3.5 stars The play is indeed the thing. And it is wonderful.


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The Play

For the first time in more than twenty years, Artistic Director Barbara Gaines returns to Shakespeare’s enduring masterpiece of revenge, passion, and deception. Playing the ill-fated prince of Denmark is Maurice Jones (Broadway’s The Lifespan of a Fact opposite Daniel Radcliffe, Romeo and Juliet starring Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad, Julius Caesar with Denzel Washington). Electrifying performances by an outstanding 20-member cast combine with inventive staging to ignite Shakespeare’s poetry in CST’s uniquely personal Courtyard Theater—making your night out one to remember!



Video: "To be, or not to be"

Video: "The acting was superb"

Gallery: Hamlet


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Critical Acclaim

Chicago on Stage hails, "Easily the finest Hamlet I've seen in many years. Brilliant, thoughtful, often surprisingly funny. One for the ages."
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A Scholar’s Perspective

Stuart Sherman of Fordham University on remembrance and remembering, and the pressure the past exerts on the present.
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Q&A with the Director

Barbara Gaines sat down with CST’s education team to discuss her production of Hamlet, and how she approached Shakespeare’s masterpiece.
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The Players

Creative Team

Barbara Gaines Director

Scott Davis Scenic Designer

Susan E. Mickey Costume Designer

Robert Wierzel Lighting Designer

Lindsay Jones Sound Designer & Composer

Mike Tutaj Projection Designer

Richard Jarvie Wig & Make-Up Designer

Roberta Duchak Music Director

 Fight Choreography

William Carlos Angulo Choreography

Larry Yando Verse Coach

Bob Mason Casting

Nancy Piccione New York Casting

Deborah Acker Production Stage Manager

Hannah Wichmann Assistant Stage Manager

Tyrone Phillips Associate Director


Mehmet Aksoy Francisco

Karen Aldridge Gertrude

Sarah Chalcroft Voltemand/Player Queen

Tim Decker Claudius

Paul Deo, Jr. Laertes

Alex Goodrich Rosencrantz

Kevin Gudahl Marcellus/Osric

Callie Johnson Reynalda

Maurice Jones Hamlet

Sean Allan Krill Horatio

Al'Jaleel McGhee Captain

Rachel Nicks Ophelia

Mike Nussbaum Gravedigger

Sam Pearson Priest

Drew Shirley Barnardo

Samuel Taylor Guildenstern

Greg Vinkler Player King/Other Gravedigger

Larry Yando Polonius

Grace Burmahl Ensemble Intern

Kyra Norris Ensemble Intern

Emma Jo Boyden Understudy

Timothy Edward Kane Understudy

Chad Patterson Understudy

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