Lecture 1 - Hamlet
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It has been estimated that every minute of each day, Shakespeare’s Hamlet is being performed somewhere in the world. It is one of the most quoted works of literature ever, and its influence has been phenomenal.
But what sort of man is the Danish Prince? Intellectual and self-doubting, complex and moody, resentful of his mother and cruel to his girlfriend, Hamlet is the man every actor wants to play on stage and they all give us different Hamlets.
This lecture will discuss the personality of Hamlet and contrast him with his uncle, friend, father and possible father-in-law. Is he the most famous man in literature with a commitment-problem? Why is he so important, how does a modern audience ‘read’ him, and what has his influence been?
Days: Fridays: 10.30 – 12.30 and repeated on Saturdays: 10.30 – 12.30
Venue: The Theatre, Australian National Maritime Museum, 2 Murray Street, Darling Harbour, Sydney.
Phone: (02) 9380 5894
Transport: Ferry, light rail and bus stops at the museum, or a 10-minute walk across Pyrmont Bridge from the CBD.
Parking: $15 at Harbourside Secure Parking or The Star. Simply validate your ticket at the reception desk.
Cancellations: Three days notice is required to qualify for a refund. All refunds attract an administration charge of 25% of the ticket price(s) with a minimum charge of $5. With subscription tickets there are no refunds for single sessions, unless a session is cancelled.
Ticket price includes lecture and morning tea, but not entry to the museum.
A full subscription includes all lectures on your selected day.