Starts: Saturday September 2 2017, 2:00pm
Ends: Sunday September 17 2017, 2:00pm
In 2017, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival celebrates 35 years as the Bay Area’s acclaimed provider of free and accessible Shakespeare performances and education programs. For this historic year, we're presenting Hamlet for the first time at Free Shakespeare in the Park. Shakespeare's famous tragedy, about the questionable succession of King Claudius to the throne of Denmark over his nephew Prince Hamlet, speaks strongly about disenfranchisement, frustration, and the need for action during troubled times. Hamlet is torn between avenging his father’s murder, or going along quietly with the new regime and his mother Gertrude's marriage to the new King. Finding an ally in the audience, he shares his inner turmoil in a series of soliloquies which have become familiar all over the world – from “Oh, what a rogue and peasant slave am I” to, most famously, “To be or not to be."
Want to learn more about Hamlet? Check out our family-friendly Green Show at 1:30 pm before every performance!
- Saturday, September 2 at 2:00 pm – Preview
- Sunday, September 3 at 2:00 pm – Preview
- Monday, September 4 (Labor Day) at 2:00 pm - Opening
- Saturday, September 9 at 2:00 pm
- Sunday, September 10 at 2:00 pm
- Saturday, September 16 at 2:00 pm
- Sunday, September 17 at 2:00 pm