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Hamlet: Prince of Skidmark

"very cheeky, utterly irreverent"

A side-splitting extravaganza for kids shatters the fourth wall and glues it back together with silliness.

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Company: The Listies
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Hamlet: Prince of Skidmark

Date: 23 Nov 2020

If you know The Listies from previous outings (The Listies Do Compooters, Earworms, and The Listies 6D) you’ll be familiar with the MO.

Rich (as in Richard Higgins) is the serious one, always out to do right. In this instance, he’s playing the title role in a two-man production of Hamlet after its original cast was wiped out by food poisoning caused by a 400-year-old soft cheese.

Comic foil Matt (Kelly) is the disruptor, determined to turn every incident into a joke.

Featuring ninjas, ghosts, swords, dinosaurs, zombies and supersonic gags, this is a very cheeky, utterly irreverent riff on Hamlet created especially for kids.

First seen in 2016, this is the first show The Listies have made in collaboration with director Declan Greene (now the artistic director of Griffin Theatre Company). It’s an inspired partnership with Greene steering Higgins and Kelly away from loosely linked sketches toward longer but no less chaotic forms of storytelling.

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