Tuesday, April 19, 2011


By Paul Rudnick
Directed by Eric Hafen

WHEN: April 28 through May 22; Thursday April 28 and May 5 at 7:30 PM, Thursdays May 12 and May 19 at 2 PM, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM, and Sundays at 2 PM. A Special “SchoolTime” Performance will be offered on Thursday, May 19, at 10 AM. There are no performances on Friday, May 13, and Saturday, May 14.
The Bickford Theatre at the Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown
TICKETS: Reserved seats are $40, $36 for Senior Citizens, $33 for Museum and Guild Members, and $20 for Students (18 or under or with valid college ID). *
To purchase tickets or for further information, please contact the Bickford Theatre Box Office at 973.971.3706 or

Actor Andrew Rally seems to have it all: fame from his starring role in a hit TV series, a rich, beautiful girlfriend, the perfect New York apartment, and the chance to play the greatest role of all time—Hamlet in Central Park! There are, however, a couple of glitches in paradise: Andrew’s series has been cancelled, his 29-year-old girlfriend is clinging to her virginity and he absolutely hates Hamlet!

A botched séance produces the ghost of the greatest of all Hamlets: theater legend John Barrymore. Fortified by champagne, ego and a cod piece, he tries to convince Andrew to accept the part and fulfill his actor’s destiny. The laughs come fast and furious as Andrew wrestles with his conscience, Barrymore, his sword and his own codpiece in this Drama Desk and Tony Award-nominated screwball comedy, full of big laughs, romantic entanglements and even a duel!

Whether you're a die-hard Shakespeare lover or you've never understood a word he's written, you'll have a rollicking good time at I Hate Hamlet. "...hilarious... affectionately amusing about the theater..." - The New York Times.

I Hate Hamlet stars Rick Delaney as John Barrymore, Andrew Rein as Andrew Rally, Kathleen Huber as Lillian Troy, Katrina Ferguson as Felicia Dantine, Madeline Orton as Deirdre McDavey, and Gary Martins as Gary Peter Lefkowitz.

Bickford Theatre Artistic Director, Eric Hafen, directs, with Set Design by Bill Motyka, Costume Design by Fran Harrison, Lighting Design by Chesapeake Westveer, Sound Design by Ric McAllister, and Fight Direction by Jacqueline Holloway. Heather Sehrt serves as Prop Mistress, and Yumi Matsuura serves as Production Stage Manager.

*On Sunday, May 15, the Bickford Theatre and the Morris Museum will participate in “BE OUR GUEST,” as part of media Day for National Tourism Week. With a donation of canned goods for the Interfaith Food Pantry, the Museum will offer free admission and the Bickford Theatre will offer Buy 1/Get 1 Free tickets to I Hate Hamlet.