The Washington Ballet Presents "Hamlet" (April 1–3)

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

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  • $45 for one G-Pass for seating in the rear left or right balcony (up to $67.20 value)
  • $63.75 for one G-Pass for seating in the center balcony or the front left or right balcony (up to $95.20 value)
  • Running Time: 90-minutes, including Intermission
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Any debate about which of Shakespeare’s tragedies is the best would have to at least consider his first. At its core, Hamlet is about one man’s struggle to act, but there is still plenty to do while we wait for the Danish Prince to avenge his father’s death. There’s time for lust, treachery, ghost-chasing and dueling. Despite the complicated plot, it’s the universal themes of madness (feigned or real), revenge (deserved or unfairly applied), grief (all-consuming or easily tossed aside), and existential angst (to be or not) that reveal Shakespeare’s true skill.

In large part, Hamlet endures because of its great depth, subtlety, and surprising amount of humor—qualities it’s able to maintain in nearly every adaptation. And Washington Ballet’s version is no different. Despite the fact that choreographer Stephen Mills (of Ballet Austin) has transposed such a complicated plot sans dialogue—and transported the action to the modern day—the story remains. As male dancers fly across the minimally designed set wearing red-and-black shirts and ties, the women get themselves to the nunnery in variations of a simple ballet dress. Underscoring it all are selections from Philip Glass’s Concerto for Violin and Orchestra and selections from The Civil Wars—both compositions that highlight the drama and add a layer of eeriness to the already eerie story.

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