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Jain Boon, Stephen Hickman, Leighton Martin and Philip Michell in Gwent Theatre’s 2010 production of Slings and Arrows.

Slings and Arrows

Charles Way, playwright


39 pgs. 3 Male, 1 Female

Originally produced by Gwent Theatre, UK, in 2010

Run Time: 1 hour

Audience Recommendation: 10+


A pair of actors are on their way to Elsinore to perform for the new King and Queen of Denmark. Down on their luck, they are hopeful that a royal performance will stimulate their careers – but then they are joined by the young Prince Hamlet who tells them that the King murdered his father and he knows it’s true because his ghost told him so. Is Hamlet lying? Is he mad? Or is he just pretending to be mad? What should they do?


Eventually they decide to perform a play the prince recommends in which a murder is acted out – before the new King Claudius. If the new king is guilty he will see his actions mirrored on stage and know that he has been discovered as a murderer and flee the scene. On the night of the performance this is exactly what happens, and the actors flee the castle of Elsinore – unaware that two of the King’s hired men are in pursuit!


“This exploration of Shakespeare’s greatest play will encourage young audiences to want to know more. It’s an excellent starting point.” -The Stage


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