Q1 and the Meanings of Hamlet

Join us after the Matinee Performance on May 2 for a special Extension Event!

In 1823, a nobleman found a strange document in the closet of the family estate: a version of Hamlet which pre-dated the two versions scholars and performers had been using for a century, which differed radically from those versions in both plot structure and language. Q1, as the text is known, has been declared a rough draft, a piracy, and a pre-Shakespearean "ur-Hamlet," among other things.

Q1 had a large influence on the Wilma Theater’s cutting of Hamlet. In his recent book, “Hamlet After Q1,” UPenn scholar Zachary Lesser examines how the improbable discovery of Q1 has forced readers to reconsider accepted truths about Shakespeare as an author and about the nature of Shakespeare's texts and offers new insights on what we think we mean by Hamlet.

Please join Wilma Dramaturg Walter Bilderback and Professor Lesser for a stimulating conversation about the history and influence of this mysterious quarto.

Copies of "Hamlet After Q1" will be available for purchase after the event.

FREE to ticket holders!
Call 215-546-7824 or email tickets@wilmatheater.org to reserve your seat.

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