1 Narodnaya Ulitsa,
Saint Petersburg, Russia
Administrative Director
Mikhail Barsegov
Deputy Director
Alexander Ryazantsev
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Once Upon a Time in Elsinore. Hamlet

A tragifarce in two acts

Based on William Shakespeare’s tragedy “Hamlet” in B. Pasternak’s translation

Prince Hamlet returns from university in Wittenberg to the family castle in Elsinore for his father’s funeral. However, he finds himself at a wedding: his mother marries her deceased husband’s younger brother. In a dream, the young Hamlet’s father tells him that he did not die a natural death, as the newspapers said, but that he was killed in his sleep. Will the crime remain a secret or will the guilty be punished?

The action of this famous tragedy has been transposed to the mid-twentieth century, when rock and roll provoked a new stage in the eternal conflict between “fathers and children.” The bourgeois society of the 50’s, a large clan whose family ties are intertwined by crime... Among the characters of the tragifarce, Shakespeare himself and the tragedy’s translator, the poet Boris Pasternak, will appear as visions of the mad prince...

The premiere took place on April 18th, 2014.
Duration: 3 hours with one intermission. Recommended for audiences 16 and up.

Director – Roman Gabria
Production Designer – Sergei Novikov
Light Designer – Igor Tupikin
Choreography – Nikolai Kuglyant
Musical Director – Roman Gabria
Consultant for Scenic Movement – Maxim Pakhomov