Hamlet is the crown prince of Denmark. He studies abroad, but has come home for his father King Hamlet’s funeral. At home on Kronborg, Hamlet is shocked when his mother marries his uncle Claudius immediately after the funeral. And when he sees his father’s ghost in the castle, he is convinced that something is rotten in the state of Denmark.
No other play has been performed as often as Hamlet, and no fictional character has been discussed and quoted as much as Hamlet. You could easily create a whole new world based on the comprehensive written material about Hamlet. Hamlet is a world wide phenomenon and still the play has never before been staged in the Faroe Islands. Thus, DFC’s production of Shakespeare’s masterpiece further enhances the international recognition of the Faroe Islands within the arts and humanities.
Shakespeare wrote the play around year 1600 and it is his longest and most substantial work. The play deals with everything from philosophy, society, politics, mysticism, psychology, religion, to lust, desire, family, friendship, and infatuation. However, Hamlet is also an exciting story about love and revenge.
In the lesser known play Richard II Shakespeare writes: Let us sit upon the ground and tell sad stories of the death of kings: how some have been deposed, some slain in war, some haunted by the ghosts they have deposed, some poisoned by their wives, some sleeping killed, all murdered – for within the hollow crown that rounds the mortal temples of a king keeps death his court.
Hamlet is a tragedy and very few characters leave the stage alive. DFC have therefore fittingly chosen a Faroese funeral as the framework for the play. The movement between the trinity of a funeral – the church, the graveyard and the wake – is a dramaturgical scenario which is very familiar to Faroese people. We are proud of our funeral customs, in fact, nothing unites Faroese people like death.
On 8 November 2019 Death will keep his court at the Nordic House.
The director Búi Dam says the following about the production:
We aim to create a show which is easy to understand, accessible to all whilst staying true to the incredible complexity and beauty of Shakespeare’s writing.
Age restriction: not suitable for children under the age of 14
Hamlet: Kjartan Hansen
Ofelia: Kristina Sørensen Ougaard
Claudius: Sofía Nolsøe Mikkelsen
Gertrud: Annika Johannessen
Horatio: Búi Dam
Polonius: Hans Tórgarð
Laertes: Búi Rouch
Rosencrantz / Guildenstjern: Mariann Hansen
Other participants: singers from the choir Tarira and their conductor Jóhannes Andreasen
Director: Búi Dam
Translation: Hans Tórgarð
Stage and costume design: Sámal Blak
Sound and music: Tróndur Bogason
Sound technician: Theodor Kapnas
Lighting design: Súni Joensen
Builders: Nicolaj Falck and Hjálmar Dam
Assistant directors: Maria Tórgarð and Katrin Joensen Næs