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The Fifteen Minute Hamlet

The Fifteen Minute Hamlet
Your Price: $14.95 CDN
Author: Tom Stoppard
Publisher: Samuel French (cover image may change)
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 30
Pub. Date: 2016
ISBN-10: 0573025061
ISBN-13: 9780573025068
Cast Size: 2 female, 4 male

About the Book:

The Fifteen Minute Hamlet is a one-act comedy by Tom Stoppard. Not familiar with the story of Hamlet? Tom Stoppard has you covered with a whip-smart, comedic crash course in The Fifteen Minute Hamlet. Offers a breathless condensation of the entire plot of William Shakespeare's Hamlet, hitting all the key scenes and lines in 15 minutes or less!

The Fifteen Minute Hamlet is a comedic abridgement of William Shakespeare's longest play Hamlet. Following his success with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Tom Stoppard continues his association with Hamlet by taking the most famous and best loved lines from Shakespeare's play about the angst-riddled prince of Denmark and condensing them into a hilarious fifteen minute version. The multitude of characters is played by six actors with hectic doubling, and the action takes place at an abridged Elsinore Castle. This miraculous feat is followed by an encore that presents the whole play in a two minute version!

The Fifteen Minute Hamlet was first performed in 1976 on the terraces of the National Theatre in London. First Broadway production was in 1992 at the Criterion Theatre Stage Right on a double-bill with The Real Inspector Hound.

Cast: 2 female, 4 male

About the Playwright:

Sir Tom Stoppard (born Tomás Straüssler) is a Czech-born British playwright and screenwriter. His family had to flee to Singapore at the onset of the Nazi invasion. The family moved to England in 1946, where he left school at the age of seventeen to work for The Western Daily Press, in Bristol. He was catapulted into the front ranks of modern playwrights overnight when Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead opened in London in 1967, for which he was awarded a Tony, the Prix Italia, the New York Critic's Award, and Plays and Players Award for Best New Play. He has written prolifically for TV, radio, film and stage, and in 1998 shared a best original screenplay Oscar for Shakespeare in Love. He was knighted in 1997.

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