The Hamlet Trial

The Hamlet Trial

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

Is Hamlet guilty of first-degree murder for killing Polonius in his mother's bedroom? 

Hamlet's lawyer, Song Richardson (Dean, UC Irvine School of Law), will defend the prince against the charge of first-degree murder. The prosecutor, Erwin Chemerinsky (Dean, Berkeley Law), will argue that the prince is responsible for his actions. The Honorable Andrew Guilford, District Judge, will bring order to the courtroom and invite you to vote on the winning argument, which will decide Hamlet's legacy.

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

Directed by Eli Simon
Produced by Julia Lupton

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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