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Der Bestrafte BRUDERMORD, or
Hamlet Prince of Denmark

We are proud to bring back for two weekends only 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. We are proud to bring this special engagement of Brudermord to you before it begins a world tour, culminating in a visit to London’s world famous Shakespeare’s Globe in the glorious candlelit Wanamaker Playhouse.


Stand by Prince Hamlet as this fratricide is avenged!

Learn more about Brudermord at our recent blog post.