Open-air Summer Show


by William Shakespeare

A skull wearing a crown

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Thu 26 July - Sat 4 August 2018 at 7.30pm (no performance Sun 29 July)
Performed in the open air in the courtyard of Abington Park Museum, Park Avenue South, Northampton NN1 5LW


Adults £10.00
Concessions £9.00
Masque Theatre members £9.00
Child (up to and including 16-years-old) £6.00
Family (two adults + two children up to and including 16-years-old) £28.00

Online booking not available.
Because this is an open air production and may be affected by inclement weather, tickets are only available 'on the door' on the evening of each performance.
The Box Office opens at 7.00pm. Cash or cheques only, please.


Rob Kendall | director

To be or not to be, ay there's the point?
To die to sleep, is that all? Ay all.'

So goes probably the first version of the most famous soliloquy in all time in the First Quarto (1603), made up - it is assumed - from the actor's roll Marcellus (in the days when the roll was literally the piece of paper you part was written on).

Since then the lines have been refined for the First Folio (1623), seven years after Shakespeare's death when we recognise the line 'To be or not to be that is the question' etc.

So, as with the Quarto to Folio, lines change and are 'cut' and our regular open-air goers will be pleased (if not amazed) to know that this summer's production of Hamlet will be 'cut' to two hours, including the interval, rather than the full four hours it would be if all of the written text was performed.

However, the characters are still the same.

Masque Theatre's production is directed by Masque member Rob Kendall, whose shows for the group include The Bacchae (2018), Henry V (2016), The Importance of Being Earnest (2016), The Lion in Winter (2015), Becket (2014), Troilus and Cressida (2014), Margot (2013), Nicholas Nickleby (2012), Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (2012), Romeo and Juliet (2011) and (2001), Great Expectations (2010) The Cherry Orchard (2010), A Midsummer Night's Dream (2009), Trainspotting (2008), Mother Courage And Her Children (2007), Twelfth Night (2005), Bent (2004), Hell Cab (2004), Murder in the Cathedral (2002), A View From The Bridge (2002), Entertaining Mr Sloane (2000), East (1998), A Streetcar Named Desire (1997) and Antony and Cleopatra (1996)