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In their third adaption of Shakespeare, Cia Vagalum Tum Tum transforms Hamlet into a comedy for young audiences in O Príncipe da Dinamarca. The action takes place in an abandoned graveyard where two amusing grave diggers, called “To Be” or “Not To Be”, decide to relive the story of the Prince of Denmark. The subject of death in the form of murders, suicide and violent revenge is treated humorously: all characters are dead and it is their skeletons that tell and enact the story of a prince who wants to revenge his father’s death. Blending elements of clowning, the humorous skeletons dance, play instruments, sing and perform.
O Príncipe da Dinamarca received awards for Best Children’s Play (from Cooperativa Paulista de Teatro, in 2011) and Best Adaptation and Actor (Davi Taiu).
Script writer and director: Angelo Brandini
Music director: Fernando Escrich
Assistant Director: Suzana Aragão
Costume design: Christiane Galvan
Set design: Angelo Brandini e Bira Nogueira
Lighting design: Lígia Chaim
Props: Bira Nogueira
Production Assistant: Marina Mioni
Anderson Spada – Hamlet
Christiane Galvan – Ophelia
Davi Taiu – Claudio
Erickson Almeida – Laertes
Tereza Gontijo – Polonio and Grave digger 1
Val Pires – Grave digger 2
Production: Cia. Vagalum Tum Tum
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(Production notes provided by Cris Busato Smith)
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Note: Highlights from Cia Vagalum Tum Tum's O Principe da Dinamarca (Hamlet):
1) 0:00 - 4:26 Hamlet encounters the Ghost
2) 4:27 - 5:42 Gravediggers comment on the meeting between Hamlet and the Ghost