Al-Hamlet Summit, The

Author(s): AL-BASSAM, Sulayman
ISBN13/Barcode: 9781902806624

Original play script in English and Arabic with an Introduction by Graham Holderness.


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“Al-Bassam’s astonishing text … takes the story of Hamlet and reworks it in a rich new poetic version … the results are electrifying.” The Scotsman

“A superbly constructed dramatisation of a society's descent into fundamentalism and chaos” Sunday Herald

The Al-Hamlet Summit is a loose adaptation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet and a remarkable piece of twenty-first century theatre set in the cauldron of Middle-Eastern discontent.

Having gained control of a modern Arab state, a ruthless dictator attempts a westernised experiment in thrall to arms dealers and propped up by U.S. dollars. Yet a catastrophic war is brewing, he is besieged by enemy neighbours from without and a growing Islamic extremism from within, whilst his predecessor’s son, Hamlet, is plotting revenge.

Al-Bassam’s Summit is Hamlet boldly re-imagined as pure, deadly politics.

This edition includes an introduction by Professor Graham Holderness and is illustrated throughout with performance stills from Al-Bassam’s internationally award-winning 2004 production of the play.


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ISBN13/Barcode 9781902806624
ISBN10 190280662X
Author AL-BASSAM, Sulayman
Binding Paperback
Date Published 10 Aug 2006
Frequency No
Report Date N/A
Pages 166
Publisher University of Hertfordshire Press

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