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South Simcoe Theatre to perform ‘I Hate Hamlet’ on Cookstown stage

March 2, 2023   ·   0 Comments

By Brian Lockhart

The South Simcoe Theatre will be presenting a production of I Hate Hamlet – a play by Paul Rudnick, on the stage at its Cookstown Theatre.

This comedy is set in New York City with a cast of six, one of whom is already dead.

The play is centred around Andrew Rally, an actor who must make a career decision when his television show is cancelled. Andrew decides it’s time to start performing in live theatre, which means a move to New York to restart his career.

When he arrives in the Big Apple, Andrew rents an apartment that was previously owned by legendary stage and film actor John Barrymore. He gets a stage role-playing one of the most iconic characters known to the stage – Hamlet.

While he is spurred on by his girlfriend, agent, and estate broker to embrace the role, he soon discovers that Barrymore hasn’t yet vacated the premises, despite being dead for some years.

This leads to some rather complicated arrangements in the new apartment.

Opening night for I Hate Hamlet at the South Simcoe Theatre is Thursday, Mar. 2. The show will run through to Sunday, Mar. 19. Performances are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons at 2:00 p.m.

Please note that The South Simcoe Theatre no longer requires vaccination passports but does suggest wearing a mask for everyone’s safety.

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