Polonius (Dan Hiatt) and Hamlet (John Douglas Thompson)  Photo by Kevin Berne

Production Photos: Tony Award Nominee John Douglas Thompson Leads ACT’s HAMLET through October 15

American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) kicks off its 2017-18 season with William Shakespeare’s tragic masterpiece, Hamlet (September 20-October 15, 2017). Obie Award winner and 2017 Tony Award nominee (Best Featured Actor in a Play, Jitney; Satchmo at the Waldorf, A.C.T.) John Douglas Thompson leads a stellar cast of beloved Bay Area actors in Shakespeare’s ghostly tale of revenge, palace intrigue, and madness. Press night for Hamlet will be held on Wednesday, September 27, 2017.

Hamlet (John Douglas Thompson, right) is visited by the Ghost of his father (Steven Anthony Jones). Photo by Kevin Berne
Hamlet (John Douglas Thompson, right) is visited by the Ghost of his father (Steven Anthony Jones). Photo by Kevin Berne

Shattered by the mysterious death of his father, the king, and shamed by the unnatural acts of his mother, Hamlet’s despair has left him a devastated prince.

John Douglas Thompson as Hamlet Photo by Kevin Berne
John Douglas Thompson as Hamlet. Photo by Kevin Berne

When visited by the ghost of his father, who tells of the treasonous acts by Hamlet’s uncle, Hamlet vows to avenge the death that has brought a cloud of darkness over the castle. A classic tale of a family haunted by grief, power, and despair, Hamlet marks A.C.T.’s first production of Shakespeare in nearly two decades, and a thrilling start to the 2017-18 season.

Hamlet (John Douglas Thompson) and Gertrude (Domenique Lozano)  Photo by Kevin Berne
Hamlet (John Douglas Thompson) and Gertrude (Domenique Lozano)  Photo by Kevin Berne

Joining Thompson onstage are (in alphabetical order): Graham Beckel, Rivka Borek, Teagle F. Bougere, Peter Fanone, Anthony Fusco, Dan Hiatt, Steven Anthony Jones, Domenique Lozano, Adrianna Mitchell, Vincent J. Randazzo, Teddy Spencer, and Jomar Tagatac.

Horatio (Anthony Fusco, center) tells Hamlet (John Douglas Thompson) about his encounter with the Ghost of his father, the former king.  Photo by Kevin Berne
Horatio (Anthony Fusco, center) tells Hamlet (John Douglas Thompson) about his encounter with the Ghost of his father, the former king.  Photo by Kevin Berne

Helmed by A.C.T. Artistic Director Carey Perloff, the creative team for Hamlet includes James F. Ingalls (Lighting Designer), David Israel Reynoso (Scenic and Costume Designer), and Jake Rodriguez (Sound Designer). Original music will be written by composer David Coulter, who recently composed and performed the music for A.C.T.’s acclaimed world-premiere theatrical adaptation of Khaled Hosseini’s international best-selling novel, A Thousand Splendid Suns.

Polonius (Dan Hiatt) and Hamlet (John Douglas Thompson)  Photo by Kevin Berne
Polonius (Dan Hiatt) and Hamlet (John Douglas Thompson)  Photo by Kevin Berne

Single tickets (ranging from $15-$105) are available at the A.C.T. Box Office at 415.749.2228 or online at www.act-sf.org. Ticket prices are subject to change without notice.

Laertes (Teagle F. Bougere) and Ophelia (Rivka Borek) Photo by Kevin Berne
Laertes (Teagle F. Bougere) and Ophelia (Rivka Borek)  Photo by Kevin Berne
Claudius (Steven Anthony Jones) and Gertrude (Domenique Lozano) Photo by Kevin Berne
Claudius (Steven Anthony Jones) and Gertrude (Domenique Lozano) Photo by Kevin Berne
Hamlet (John Douglas Thompson) greets Ophelia (Rivka Borek). Photo by Kevin Berne
Hamlet (John Douglas Thompson) greets Ophelia (Rivka Borek). Photo by Kevin Berne
Hamlet (John Douglas Thompson, left) comes upon Claudius (Steven Anthony Jones) praying in the chapel. Photo by Kevin Berne
Hamlet (John Douglas Thompson, left) comes upon Claudius (Steven Anthony Jones) praying in the chapel. Photo by Kevin Berne
The court assembles to watch the Player King (Graham Beckel) and the Player Queen (Adrianna Mitchell). Photo by Kevin Berne
The court assembles to watch the Player King (Graham Beckel) and the Player Queen (Adrianna Mitchell). Photo by Kevin Berne
The Gravediggers (Graham Beckel, left, and Teddy Spencer) discuss Ophelia's death. Photo by Kevin Berne
The Gravediggers (Graham Beckel, left, and Teddy Spencer) discuss Ophelia’s death. Photo by Kevin Berne

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