“Madness in great ones must not unwatched go.”
If you’re familiar with William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, then you’ll understand the context and meaning of that quote. If not, there’s an opportunity to get better acquainted with this thoroughly iconic play via Shakespeare at Curium’s production of Hamlet, set to take place on the stage of the amphitheatre on June 21, 22 and 23.
Theatre fan or not, chances are that you’ve come across Hamlet in one way or another – even if only through some stand-up comic doing a parody of ‘To be or not to be’. Whether you’ve already caught an adaptation of the play or not, this new production now aims to bring a classic tale to the local public.
For nearly 60 years, the Performance Arts for Cyprus Charities – which organises this annual event, with the exception of last year when Shakespeare was cancelled due to casting difficulties – has worked to bring the Bard’s words to life on one of the island’s most majestic stages. This year’s play is no exception, and is bound to entertain as murder, deceit, love and revenge unfold before a rapt audience against the backdrop of a summer sun sinking into the Mediterranean.
Director Janet Yianni says it best: “Hamlet is truly Shakespeare’s saddest tragedy. A young prince seeking revenge for the death of his father, the king, by his uncle. It precipitates a series of tragedies for many of the characters.”
This year’s cast brings together people from all over Cyprus, from Nicosia to Paphos and everywhere in between. “There is a fantastic mix of veteran actors along with first-time performers waiting with bated breath to grace the stage,” say the production team.
“This eclectic ensemble has been rehearsing since January and they’re beyond excited for the opening night. We have members who hail from Russia, England, and Canada performing side by side with our Cypriot actors, all with the aim of raising money for local charities and having the thrill of a lifetime while performing in a third-century Roman amphitheatre.”
Hamlet at Curium
Performance of Shakespeare’s play. June 21,22,23. Curium Amphitheatre, Limassol. 8pm. Tel: 99-990535