Fri, 15 Dec. 2023
With the uncompromising vision that earned him the Venice Biennale’s Golden Lion in honor of his body of work, Ostermeier visits Cyprus for the first time, giving a new meaning to the term “mad genius”. From its mud-splattered, rain-soaked opening, Thomas Ostermeier’s Hamlet delivers on its reputation as one of the great interpretations of Shakespeare. Pop music, drag shows, and courtly duels coexist in riotous harmony in the German auteur’s legendary production, which comes to the Nicosia International Festival after traveling the globe to international acclaim. Cult Shakespearean star Lars Eidinger (Richard III) gives an unforgettable, no-holds-barred performance as the Dane, gliding between Hamlet’s famous soliloquies and raucous improvisations as he swears, schemes, and videotapes.
In Shakespeare’s play, Hamlet is going crazy. His father has died suddenly of a strange disease, and his mother has married her deceased husband’s brother, of all people, after just one month. Hamlet has nighttime visions of his father, who claims his brother poisoned him, and exhorts Hamlet to take revenge and kill his new stepfather.  Shakespeare represents the Danish royal court as a corrupt political system which becomes a paranoid maze for Hamlet. Murder, betrayal, manipulation and sexuality are the weapons used in the war to preserve power.
In German with surtitles in Greek and English.
Director: Thomas Ostermeier
German Translation: Marius Von Mayenburg
Stage Design: Jan Pappelbaum
Costume Design: Nina Wetzel
Music: Nils Ostendorf
Dramaturgy: Marius Von Mayenburg
Video: Sébastien Dupouey
Lighting Design: Erich Schneider
Fight Choreography: René Lay
Claudius; Geist: Thomas Bading
Hamlet: Lars Eidinger
Gertrud; Ophelia: Jenny König
Polonius; Osrik: Robert Beyer
Horatio; Güldenstern: Damir Avdic
Laertes; Rosenkranz: Konrad Singer
Duration: 165΄
Tickets:, Stephanis shops and at the Nicosia Municipal Theatre box office (Monday - Friday 10:00-13:00).
Ticket prices
ΖONE A: €60 / €55
ZONE B: €50 / €45
ZONE C: €40 / €35
ZONE D: €25 / €20
Information: 22797979 (Monday - Friday 10:00-13:00).
Festival identity:
Organizers: Nicosia Municipality, Nicosia For Art
The Festival is presented by ECOMMBX.
Institutional sponsor: Ministry of Culture, Republic of Cyprus
Silver Sponsor: Stegi Onassis, Cyprus Public Transport
Bronze sponsor: Embassy of Spain in Cyprus, Deloitte Legal
Hospitality sponsor: The Classic Hotel
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