A crowd gathers for Shakespeare by the Bow on Prince’s Island | Photo: Trudie Lee


Shakespeare by the Bow takes on the great tragedy

Amy Jo Espetveidt

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Enjoying Shakespeare in Prince’s Island Park is a summertime right of passage in Calgary. And this year Theatre Calgary continues the tradition with one of the Bard’s most beloved works, Hamlet.

The King of Denmark has mysteriously died and Hamlet’s Uncle Claudius now wears the crown. One of his most produced works, Shakespeare’s Hamlet is a masterpiece delving into youth, love and, ultimately, betrayal.

Starring a cast of emerging theatre talent, this annual outdoor production is a wonderful way to spend a summer evening—grab a blanket, have a picnic and have a great night out in the heart of Calgary.  The best part? Every performance is pay-what-you-can, making it great for those on a budget.

You might also notice something a bit different on the schedule. The annual production usually shuts down to make way for the Calgary Folk Music Festival in July, but for 2016 you can take in Hamlet – A Ghost Story, July 19 to 24, 2016.

Set in the beautiful, and nearby, confines of St. Patrick’s Island as the sun starts, this 50-minute event gives audiences a glimpse into the lives of the first family of Denmark.

“St. Patrick’s Island is a regional park space that we have worked very hard to revitalize,” says Susan Veres, Senior Vice President, Strategy & Business Development for CMLC, in a statement. “It’s incredibly important for us to program meaningful experiences for all Calgarians, and having these emerging artists stage an original event is a unique way for us to showcase the island.”

Shakespeare by the Bow’s Hamlet runs June 21 to August 21, 2016. Visit theatrecalgary.com for more details.