O Dia da matança na história de Hamlet


“O Dia da Matança na História de Hamlet” [The Day of Murders in the Story of Hamlet], staged by António Júlio, extends that programme of tackling the past from a current viewpoint, precisely because it stages a play by Koltès, who in turn rewrites Shakespeare’s tragedy. The text is a condensed version of “Hamlet”, a play which Koltès, one of the most significant playwrights in the second half of the 20th century, admires. The whole action takes place in a single day, emphasising the pace at which events follow one another and the violence of acts. Hamlet and Ophelia, Gertrude and Claudius, the only surviving characters from the original story, appear doomed from the start. Having different goals, but an impending ending, they confront and battle each other, fighting for power and love. By meeting Koltès, we’ll be seeking Shakespeare, Hamlet and what the human condition grants us in despair. 


Translation Alexandra Moreira da Silva

Direction António Júlio

Scenography + Costumes Catarina Barros

Music José Alberto Gomes

Lighting Design Nuno Meira

Cast Júlia Valente, Maria do Céu Ribeiro, Paulo Calatré, Paulo Mota

Production Teatro Municipal do Porto, Teatro Experimental do Porto

José Caldeira