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NYC Shakespeare Meetup Hamlet by William Shakespeare

“Though this be madness, yet there is method in't.”
William Shakespeare, Hamlet

Shakespeare Uncovered Hamlet with David Tennant



Edwin Booth as Hamlet

“This above all: to thine own self be true,

And it must follow, as the night the day,

Thou canst not then be false to any man.”

William Shakespeare, Hamlet

“Doubt thou the stars are fire;

Doubt that the sun doth move;

Doubt truth to be a liar;

But never doubt I love.”

William Shakespeare, Hamlet

“There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.”

William Shakespeare, Hamlet
















“To be, or not to be: that is the question:
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them? To die: to sleep;
No more; and by a sleep to say we end
The heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks
That flesh is heir to, 'tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wish'd. To die, to sleep;
To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there's the rub;
For in that sleep of death what dreams may come
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
Must give us pause: there's the respect
That makes calamity of so long life;
For who would bear the whips and scorns of time,
The oppressor's wrong, the proud man's contumely,
The pangs of despised love, the law's delay,
The insolence of office and the spurns
That patient merit of the unworthy takes,
When he himself might his quietus make
With a bare bodkin? who would fardels bear,
To grunt and sweat under a weary life,
But that the dread of something after death,
The undiscover'd country from whose bourn
No traveller returns, puzzles the will
And makes us rather bear those ills we have
Than fly to others that we know not of?
Thus conscience does make cowards of us all;
And thus the native hue of resolution
Is sicklied o'er with the pale cast of thought,
And enterprises of great pith and moment
With this regard their currents turn awry,
And lose the name of action.--Soft you now!
The fair Ophelia! Nymph, in thy orisons
Be all my sins remember'd!”

― William ShakespeareHamlet


Playing Shakespeare (1982): 5. Set Speeches & Soliloquies


To sleep, perchance to dream - ay, there's the rub,
For in this sleep of death what dreams may come...”
William Shakespeare, Hamlet


The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark TEXT

“My words fly up, my thoughts remain below: Words without thoughts never to heaven go.”
William Shakespeare, Hamlet




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  • Claudia

    My loss, for sure!!

    April 7, 2013

  • jim d.

    an amazing experience with so many skilled folks

    April 6, 2013

  • Claudia

    I came down ill; very sorry to miss this, my most fave of the plays!

    April 6, 2013

  • Greg

    Between being sick and studying for a rather painful exam, I can't make it... Angels and ministers of grace, defend us...

    April 6, 2013

  • Anthony O.

    Have to miss this one too. Life...and assorted stuff. Have a great time everybody! See you next time.

    April 6, 2013

  • charles L.

    Glad I finally have a weekend to do this.

    April 5, 2013

  • Alice S.

    Jane Campbell will be coming

    April 5, 2013

  • Samantha C.

    I would love to go then.

    April 4, 2013

  • Carol

    Thank you! Barring unforeseens, I'll be there.

    April 4, 2013

  • elyse

    I can get tickets for Macbeth April 12 8pm ($69)
    anyone from this group interested in going?

    April 4, 2013

  • Claudia

    Hi Everyone--I'm enthused about being with this group on Saturday for my first time--and with HAMLET, to boot. Who else thinks that David Tennant took it away from Rory Kinnear, Ethan Hawke, Kenneth Branagh, Mel Gibson, etc. as the best Hamlet so far (excepting Sir Laurence, in which he is in a class by himself??

    April 1, 2013

  • Chels

    Hey Everyone! I am so looking forward to coming to this reading. I missed coming to these reads. It's been a long time. I can't wait to see everyone!

    April 1, 2013

  • Greg

    Hopefully, I'll be both healthy and not working to come this time... Have missed the reads!

    April 1, 2013

  • beyza

    Looking forward to it!

    March 31, 2013

  • Claudia

    Here's a link to David Tennant in Shakespeare Uncovered on PBS--he discusses the awesome undertaking of playing Hamlet.

    1 · February 19, 2013

  • Claudia

    Thanks for the links. Also, the David Tennant version has to be one of the very best I've seen.

    February 19, 2013

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    February 19, 2013

  • Chantal

    Again, I have no feeling for Public Library., so I won't be there...

    January 17, 2013

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