Austin Critics Table & B. Iden Payne’s BEST PRODUCTION of a COMEDY!


Der Bestrafte BRUDERMORD, or
Hamlet Prince of Denmark

March 6 at 8pm

March 7th at 8pm

March 8th at 5pm

York Rite Masonic Hall, 311 W. 7th Street, Austin TX


Kicking off Brudermord’s 2015 US and UK tour, we present BRUDERFEST!  Three nights of parties and puppets to send the Brudermord team off with a bang as Austin shakes hands with our brothers in theaters all around the world.  The tour ends with performances at Shakespeare’s Globe in London as part of Globe Education’s Shakespeare: Inspired series.




Friday March 6th:  show at 8PM  (optional pre-show dinner at 7PM)

DINNER and a PUPPET SHOW VIP PACKAGE!  Upgrade your experience and join the cast for a delicious traditional German buffet created by Chef Megan Turbeville of the Root Cellar.  Your puppet package includes:  German buffet feast with cast, your ticket to Brudermord, an upgrade to first choice seating, and a post-show meet the puppets backstage tour.  Only a small number of VIP tickets are available, so reserve now. Ticket price + $55 for dinner option.


Saturday March 7th:  show at 8PM  (house opens early with entertainment and revelry at 7:30)

BRUDERFEST DANCE and SILENT AUCTION!  Arrive early and stay late for dancing, drinking, polka lessons, beer and brats, and an incredible silent auction. Visiting dancer/artistic director from New York Djahari Clark performs!  Play puppet-for-hire and send a little wooden guy out into the crowd for shenanigans. Free with the price of admission.


Sunday March 8th:  show at 5pm (post-show party at 6:15PM)

SPOOKY COCKTAIL GHOST PARTY!  Enjoy post-show cocktails and merriment as we wish “gut raise” to our crew.  The evening is capped by a ghost tour of the Hidden Room, guided by the spirit of Hamlet’s father.  A post-show donation of any size grants entrance to a bon voyage party you’ll never forget.


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, sound effects, 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.


Learn more about Brudermord at our recent blog post.