YNOPSIS: Andrew Rally has just become rich and famous playing the lead in a TV show, and his agent persuades him to gain a little theatre credibility by playing the role of Hamlet in a New York production of the play. Rally immediately regrets agreeing to do the part—he’s over his head and knows it, and besides, he hates Hamlet—but it’s too late to back out. He’s rented a palatial apartment in Manhattan, and discovers to his shock that it’s haunted by the ghost of the former owner—the legendary actor John Barrymore, the most famous “Hamlet” of the twentieth century. Will Barrymore’s ghost help Andrew to reach new levels of artistic artistry in the greatest role ever written, or kill him trying?
LANGUAGE: Nothing to speak of; a small number of mild vulgarities. The language includes “Oh My God,” “horny,” “crap,” “Jesus” and “Christ,” “sucks,” and “hell.”
SMOKING AND DRINKING: The characters may drink in a few scenes.
SEX: None. Andrew has a girlfriend who is refusing to sleep with him, which adds to his general stress level and is a plot point, but there is no sexual activity in the play.
VIOLENCE: Some swashbuckling sword fights between Andrew and Barrymore’s ghost; nothing else.
FOR WHICH AUDIENCES?: I Hate Hamlet is suitable for all general audiences, including children aged ten and older. It might be over the heads of 5-9 year olds.
RATING: If it were a movie I Hate Hamlet would be rated “PG.”