directed by JOSEPH HAJ
Wurtele Thrust Stage

A haunting revenge story

Hamlet, the prince of Denmark, returns home to mourn his father’s death and begrudgingly attend the wedding of his mother, Queen Gertrude, to his uncle Claudius, who has all too willingly taken his brother’s throne. When the former king’s ghost appears and cries murder, Hamlet’s grief turns to obsessive revenge as he seeks to uncover evidence and unmask Claudius. Tension builds and plots spiral out of control, leading to a deadly final showdown. In an homage to the Guthrie’s beginnings, Hamlet will be onstage in May 2023 as the theater celebrates its 60th anniversary.

Three things to know

  • Hamlet is one of Shakespeare’s mature tragedies, along with Macbeth, Othello and King Lear. It is under debate about exactly when it was written, but it is often dated around the same period as As You Like It and Twelfth Night. Hamlet is based on the story of Amleth by François de Belleforest and contains elements of revenge tragedy, detective story and ghost story.
  • Director Joseph Haj considers Hamlet to be more of a family drama than a political drama.
  • This is the Guthrie’s fifth production of Hamlet. Previous productions include: to open the theater in 1963, directed by Tyrone Guthrie; in 1978, starring Randall Duk Kim in the title role; in 1988, directed by Garland Wright; and in 2006, directed by Joe Dowling and featuring many alumni from the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater B.F.A. Acting Program and A Guthrie Experience. The 2006 production closed the original Guthrie Theater on Vineland Place before moving to its current facility.

Ticket prices

Tickets range from $20 to $80. 

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Venue info

Hamlet will take place on the Wurtele Thrust Stage.

Pro tip: Can't do stairs or have a special seating request? Call the Box Office for details. 

Health and safety

As COVID-19 prevention efforts continue to evolve, we are adjusting our health and safety policies as needed. Effective immediately, masks are required for all Sunday performances. Masks are encouraged but not required for all Tuesday – Saturday performances. Proof of vaccination is not required to see a performance at the Guthrie.


ASL-interpreted, audio-described and open-captioned performances are available on select dates.

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Relaxed performance

The Guthrie will offer a relaxed performance of Hamlet on Sunday, April 30 at 1 p.m. Although these performances are open to all patrons, they are intentionally modified to accommodate patrons with sensory and vestibular sensitivities, anxiety, dementia, autism spectrum disorders, learning differences or challenges attending the theater.

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Shakespeare Classic 

Join us Saturday, May 20 at 1 p.m. for the Shakespeare Classic — a popular event designed to introduce theater-loving youth to the enduring works of Shakespeare. All tickets for this performance are $10.*

Tickets may be purchased by phone or in-person. Tickets are not available online. *Every order must have at least one but no more than two adults per young person between the ages of 10 and 17. 

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