The Hamlet Trial

The Hamlet Trial

Please join us for the 2017-18 Kirk Davis Jr. Public Shakespeare Lecture, The Hamlet Trial!

Was Hamlet insane when he killed Polonius and sent Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to their deaths, or did he retain enough moral sense to be held accountable for their demise?

Hamlet’s lawyer, Song Richardson (UCI School of Law) will argue the insanity defense, based on his delusions and depression. The prosecutor (Erwin Chemerinsky, Bolt School of Law) will argue that the prince was merely pretending to be mad. The Honorable Andrew Guilford, District Judge, will bring order to the courtroom for this literary and legal adventure.

Who is right? You’ll be part of the jury! Audience members will vote on the outcome.

Eli Simon (Drama)

Julia Lupton (English)

Sponsored by UCI Illuminations, UCI Shakespeare Center, the UCI School of Law, the Department of English, and the Department of Drama, with the generous support of Kirk Davis Jr.


Event Details

  • When: Wednesday, April 11, 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Where: Irvine Barclay Theatre
  • Organizer: Julia Lupton (email)
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