Gertrude and Claudius (canceled)


Mark St. Germain, Playwright

This event has been canceled. 

Dear patrons,  our friends at Orlando Shakespeare notified us today (June 18) that playwright Mark St. Germain will not be able to travel to Baltimore due to illness. We wish him a speedy recovery and hope for a future opportunity to work with him. The staged reading of his play scheduled for July 7 has been canceled.  Ticketholders will receive a note from our box office.  6/18/18

A Prequel to Hamlet

We’re very excited to announce a staged reading of the new play Gertrude and Claudius by Mark St. Germain, adapted from the best-selling novel by John Updike.

Commissioned by the Orlando Shakespeare Theater, Gertrude and Claudius serves as a prequel to Hamlet. In Shakespeare’s classic tale of guilt and revenge, Hamlet’s mother and uncle are the villains. Updike’s exploration of their affair and the family’s dysfunction “shakes up what you thought you knew about Elsinore” to set the stage for understanding the melancholy of the prince.

On its way to its world premiere in February 2019 in Orlando, the play will be read in our Baltimore   theater and at the Utah Shakespeare Festival. It’s an honor to contribute to the development of this new play with our Shakespeare theatre colleagues.

St. Germain is an award-winning playwright with a flair for historical fiction, and a television writer. He will join us in Baltimore for this signature event.