Hamlet Wakes Up Late

‘Adwān, Mamdūḥ 1978

Published 1976; performed January 1978

Author: Mamdūḥ ‘Adwān (Syrian, sometimes also spelled Mamduh Udwan, ممدوح عدوان)


The drunkard theatre-director Prince Hamlet awakens too late to the political implications of his father’s murder, his uncle’s dictatorship, and the kingdom’s impending peace deal with Fortinbras; Hamlet is condemned in a show trial and executed.


‘Iṣmat, Riyāḍ 1973

Author: Shakespeare (trans. M.ʻA. Muḥammad)