Drama per musica ”Hamlet”

Directed by Rostyslav Derzhypilsky
Music by Roman Grygoriv, Illia Razumeiko
Script by Yuri Andrukhovych
Choreography: Olga Semioshkina
Costume design: Lesia Golovach
Sound: Maksym Kapusta

The basic concept of the drama per musica ”Hamlet” is a present-day tragedy of the eternal mistakes of mankind which come from vicious cravings for power, money and other temptations.

The Danish prince and the whole royal family have long been six feet under, when three mute deities of vengeance Erinyes (“three witches” borrowed by the director from Shakespearean “Macbeth”) awaken Hamlet from his eternal sleep and give him one more chance to answer the main question “To be or not to be?” – today, at this time – and make the right choice now.

The main character of the play exists simultaneously in several dimensions: here and now, there and then, nowhere and never. The sleeping mind of the Danish Prince and his doomed vengeance upon his own bitter past are the motives which define the development and revelation of this character.

In this „Hamlet”, each of the characters is given an opportunity to live through all those events once again but not to make those fatal mistakes which led the royal family and the whole country to disaster. But, unfortunately, the story repeats itself. The Deities of vengeance are portrayed here as deities of self-vengeance of mankind that is destroying itself for the umpteenth time.

The Music of „Hamlet” combines neo-Baroque and folklore, black jazz, rock and trip hop, allusions to cinema music of 1970s and pseudo quotes from Handel and Schoenberg, Romani vocal music and scenes from Serbian wedding. Dramma per musica „Hamlet” reconstructs typical orchestra of Shakespearean theatre which included six different musical instruments. This modern interpretation of that orchestra includes contrabass, cello, French horn, timpani and drum kit, synthesizer and sampler, with multilayer electronic music playing a significant role. Contrasting musical themes are compiled according to the principle of film editing with allusions to the space meditations of Andriy Tarkovsky, transcendent contrasts of Lars von Trier and mass scenes of Emir Kusturica.

The script of „Hamlet” is compiled of parts of the Shakespearean tragedy translated by contemporary Ukrainian writer, poet and translator Yuri Andrukhovych. It reflects modern reality and is spiced with colloquial language, vulgarisms and phraseological units, addressing the present-day audience.


Oleksiy Hnatkovsky (Hamlet)
Irma Vitovska-Vanza (Gertrude)
Yuriy Khvostenko (Claudius)
Dmytro Rybalevsky (Polonius)
Anastasiya Blazhchuk (Ophelia)
Ivan Blindar (Laertes)
Yevhen Kholodnyak (Fortinbras)
Halyna Barankevych, Nadiya Levchenko, Olesya Pasichniak (Three witches – Erinyes – Deities of vengeance)
Vladyslav Komunytsky, Viktor Abramyuk, Andriy Batyr, Andriy Melnyk, Mykola Slyvchuk (monks)
Roman Hryhoriv (conductor, contrabass, Ghost of Hamlet’s Father)
Illia Razumeiko (synthesizer, Yorik)
Zhanna Marchinska (cello)
Andrey Nadolskiy (percussion)
Nazar Spas (French horn)


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