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Prague Shakespeare Company

Short Shakespeare: Hamlet & Much Ado About Nothing

Prague Shakespeare Company

The Estates Theatre

Basic information


The Estates Theatre


Prague Shakespeare Company

3 hours including one 20 minute interval.

Two English-language Short Shakespeare Productions: Hamlet and Much Ado About Nothing with a special 10 minute bonus pre-performance of Romeo and Juliet performed in Arabic. Part of the Prague Shakespeare Company 2023 Summer Shakespeare intensive featuring emerging talent from across the world and PSC Associate Artists and SSI faculty.


Romeo and Juliet

Directed by Guy Roberts
Starring Fawzia Istrabadi as Juliet

Pre-Show performance. A special 10 minute bonus pre-performance of selections from Romeo and Juliet performed in Arabic, part of the travelling players offering in Hamlet.



Directed by PSC Artistic Director Guy Roberts

Hamlet is Shakespeare’s greatest and most famous creation. In this special English-language Short Shakespeare production, the audience experiences the world of the play through Hamlet’s eyes – only seeing and hearing the scenes and moments that the character Hamlet experiences in the play. Taking this singular journey with the Prince of Denmark, audiences will understand the actions, themes and motives of the play’s main character as never before. Whether seen as story of devastating human domestic passions or a suspenseful political mystery of intrigue, revenge and betrayal, the tragedy of Denmark’s “sweet prince” continues to challenge and inspire. Performed by an ensemble who all take on the role of Hamlet at various times throughout the evening, the production highlights that we are all Hamlet as we face the challenges and possibilities of today. Directed by PSC Artistic Director Guy Roberts who also appears as Claudius and starring emerging talent from the 2023 PSC Summer Shakespeare Intensive. 75 minutes, followed by 20 minute interval


Much Ado About Nothing

Directed by Carolyn and Jim Johnson

Packed with intrigue, double crossing and plenty of laughter, Much Ado About Nothing is the perfect introduction to Shakespeare for everyone. Following the turbulent romances between Hero and Claudio and Beatrice and Benedict, this exploration of what loyalty, chivalry, and true love really mean empowers people to challenge their own perceptions of relationships. Shakespeare’s comic romance plays out amidst the brittle high spirits of a post-war house party, as youthful passions run riot, lovers are deceived and happiness is threatened – before peace ultimately wins out. One of the most popular comedies in the English language. Acclaimed American theatre artists Carolyn and Jim Johnson direct and star as Beatrice and Benedick alongside PSC Associate Artist Jeff Smith as Leonato with an ensemble cast from the PSC 2023 Summer Shakespeare Intensive training program. 75 minutes


Lighting Designer  – Pryemsyl Janda
Costume Supervisor - Hamlet – Paulina Kostov
Costume Designer - Much Ado About Nothing – Chris Vinz
Brad Caleb Lee and Levi Johnson – Projection Design

Photo and video gallery


    Practical information

    Where to buy tickets

    The National Theatre sells tickets up to 6 months in advance. On 1 September at 9am we selling tickets for performances of Drama, Ballet, Opera and Laterna magika until the end of February 2024.

    When purchasing online, you can get an e-ticket. You can pick up printed tickets in person at the box offices of the National Theatre.

    What to wear?

    By their appearance, attire and behaviour, the audience is obliged to adhere to the accustomed practice expected from them when attending a theatre performance.

    Parking at the Estates Theatre

    Unfortunately, there is no parking near The Estates Theater. You can use the guarded parking lot in the Kotva shopping center (Revoluční 1/655, Prague 1) and Paladium (Na Poříčí 1079 / 3a, Prague 1).

    Buffets at the Estates Theater

    No waiting. For your benefit, please pre-order your food and beverages at the bar to minimize waiting in the queue!

    Menu (PDF, 60 kB)