A mysterious puppet Hamlet from 1710

Austin Critic’s Table Award Winner Best Production of a Comedy!

Der Bestrafte BRUDERMORD, or
Hamlet Prince of Denmark

We are proud to announce der Bestrafte Brudermord, or Hamlet Prince of Denmark - a collaboration between the Hidden Room and Tiffany Stern of Oxford University. The mysterious origins of Brudermord are being put to the test as we perform this rarely seen 1710 adaptation of Hamlet as it may have been intended: a puppet show.


Acting as a laboratory for Professor Stern’s research, the Hidden Room uses a new English translation by Christine Schmidle with puppets created by Mystery Bird Puppet Show and styled and costumed by Jennifer Davis to imagine the staging conditions of an early 18th Century puppet play. Live music, fireworks, and onstage narration will accompany this most unusual, and at times outrageously slapstick version of Hamlet that includes added characters and scenes, yet still enjoys a brisk running time of just over an hour.


Brudermord was developed with the support from the American Shakespeare Center, and premiered October 26th at the ASC’s prestigious Blackfriars Conference. Our first full run in our home of Austin, Texas is now over, and we are currently preparing for a tour the US and the UK throughout our 2014/2015 season. We will launch in Austin again before a Hidden Room begins to open in places far and away.


Stand by Prince Hamlet as this fratricide is avenged!

Learn more about Brudemord at our recent blog post.