World Premiere Production, Commissioned by Orlando Shakes HAMLET, GERTRUDE AND CLAUDIUS

World Premiere Production, Commissioned by Orlando Shakes HAMLET, GERTRUDE AND CLAUDIUS

Serving as a prequel to Hamlet, Gertrude and Claudius brings a new point of view to the classic tale of guilt and revenge. The infamous couple serve as the villains in Shakespeare's work, but are offered a new exposition in this tale of good intentions and family dysfunction. With ominous hints at the familiar story to come, Gertrude and Claudius is a play that shakes up what you thought you knew about Elsinore.


February 22 - March 23, 2019


Orlando Shakes in the Margeson Theater

John and Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Center

812 East Rollins Street, Orlando, FL 32803


Gertrude: Paige Lindsey White*

Claudius: Gene Gillette*

Amleth: Kenny Babel*

Polonius: Dan Kremer*

Hamlet/Ensemble: Junior Nyong'o*

King Rorik/Ensemble: Greg Thornton*

Ophelia/Ensemble: Susan Maris*

Laertes/Ensemble: Adam Reilly*

Ensemble: Rudy Roushdi*

Herda: Mandi Lee

Guard/Bernardo: Amanda Anne Dayton

Crowd/Guard/Priest: Carlos Pereyo

Guard/Marcellus/Crowd: Andy Hansen

Servant/Yorick/Crowd: Terence Lee

Bishop/Crowd: Daniel Romano


Director: Jim Helsinger

Scenic Designer: Jim Hunter**

Lighting Designer: Bert Scott**

Costume Designer: Jack Smith

Sound Designer: Britt Sandusky

Fight Choreographer: Tony Simotes

Intimacy Director: Kate Busselle

*Member of Actors' Equity Association.

**Member of United Scenic Artists.


Preview Dates: February 20 & 21 at 7:30 p.m.

Opening Date: February 22 at 7:30 p.m.

Senior Matinees: March 6 & 13 at 2:00 p.m.

Talk Back Performance: March 10 at 2:00 p.m.

Opening Night Party & Pre-Show Chat - Friday, February 22

Arrive at 6:15 p.m. to enjoy free light appetizers, followed by a brief, informative discussion about the creative process with the director and members of the creative team. Free to all opening night ticket holders. No RSVP necessary.

Wednesdays - Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and every Sunday and select Saturdays at 2:00 p.m. - starting at $30

Preview Performances and Senior Matinees - starting at $18

DISCOUNTS (May not be combined with any other offers)

Group Sales: 20% off groups of 10+

Student Rush: $15 - 30 minutes prior to show w/ valid student ID

Student and Active/Retired Military: $10 off single ticket prices w/ valid ID (Only available in Price Levels A and B)

$25 Under 35: Patrons under 35 years old can purchase $25 tickets for evening and weekend matinee performances during March 14-17. Call the Box Office at (407) 447-1700 ext. 1 or purchase online with code word: 25UNDER35 (Only available in Price Levels B and C.)

If it were a movie, Gertrude & Claudius would be rated "R". Children under 5 will not be admitted to the theater. For the complete content advisory, please visit:

Gertrude and Claudius is presented by Rita & John Lowndes. This project is funded in part by Orange County Government through the Arts & Cultural Affairs Program. This play is a recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New Play Award.

Funding for the commission of Gertrude and Claudius generously provided by Rita and John Lowndes.

Orlando Shakes is supported by United Arts of Central Florida, host of and This project is sponsored in part by the Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and the State of Florida.

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