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Hamlet

When: July 15-31, 7 p.m. 2016

FRIDAY, JULY 22–SUNDAY, JULY 31

HAMLET

Something is rotten in the state of Denmark, and it's going to take almost four hours to fix it. That's right: Raleigh's Honest Pint Theatre Company presents what it touts as an "uncut" Hamlet, a production that sucks up scraps of various Shakespeare scripts—especially from the Second Quarto and the First Folio—in an epic vortex of the Danish play. The extra time is devoted to fleshing out minor characters such as Fortinbras, the impulsive Norwegian prince, who is often mentioned but seldom appears in more common versions of Hamlet. You already know the story of the melancholy prince with an effed-up family and a penchant for quotable existentialism, but you don't know it like this. As theatrical overload goes, it's not quite up to the insane level of Burning Coal's five-day-long, nonstop reading of every Shakespeare play at the N.C. Museum of History last April, but it's more than enough Bard for your buck. Fayetteville State University theater professor Jeremy Fiebig directs; David Henderson stars in the title role. —Brian Howe

PEACE UNIVERSITY'S LEGGETT THEATRE, RALEIGH7 p.m. Fri. & Sat./1 p.m. Sun., $12–$20, www.honestpinttheatre.org

Price: $12-$20

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