Sudden Shakespeare: Hamlet

By William Shakespeare

Directed by Lennox Forrester

The Prince of Denmark has a lot of work to do.
And just one day to do it.

Madison Shakespeare Company takes on the legendary Hamlet with a major twist: actors get all the time they need with their scripts, but just a few short hours to rehearse. Inspired by concepts like Bootleg Shakespeare and Back Room Shakespeare, along with the original practice of The King’s Men, Sudden Shakespeare pushes the entire creative team to their limits.

Sudden Shakespeare: Hamlet performs just one night only.

Tickets available soon at and 608-661-9696.

Co produced by Madison Shakespeare Company and Madison Theatre Guild at Bartell Theater's Drury Stage, 113 E. Mifflin St. , Madison

Performances: February 29, 2020

Performance Times:
February 29 2020, 7:30 PM

Ticket Prices: $15

Call 608-661-9696 for reservations or more information.

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Auditions will be held on the following days:


Madison Shakespeare Company is conducting joint auditions for its two February 2020 productions, A Valentine’s Affair 2020 (performances Feb 13-15) and Sudden Shakespeare: Hamlet (performance Feb 29, co-produced by Madison Theatre Guild). Auditions are November 12 and 13, with callbacks as needed on November 18. All auditions at Lakeview Moravian Church, 3565 Tulane Ave. in Madison. Enter through the door marked “OFFICE”.

All candidates should sign up at Candidates will be contacted with an appointment time and any monologue assignments. You may be asked to prepare up to two memorized Shakespearean monologues or sonnets under two minutes each.

You may also be asked to stay to read from additional text, and to read in scenes with partners. Please also come prepared to fill out a conflict calendar, or better still, print and fill your own here:

Sudden Shakespeare: Hamlet combines a legendary text with a format inspired by Bootleg Shakespeare and Original Practice. Actors receive their script and role months in advance, but the play is rehearsed and performed in a single day. It will be staged with a one-day rehearsal on February 29, after an all-hands meet-and-greet event in December 2019.

Some roles in Hamlet have been cast.