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The Acting Company storms LPAC with 'Hamlet' performance

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June 1994, London, England, UK --- Damian Lewis, as Hamlet, reminisces about the dead jester Yorick in Act V, Scene i of an Open Air Theatre production of Hamlet. By: William Shakespeare. --- Image by Robbie Jack/Corbis

The nationally and critically acclaimed touring troupe, The Acting Company, will bring "Hamlet" to the Lancaster Performing Arts Center on Sunday, Oct. 6 at 3 p.m.

"Hamlet" was considered to be one of Shakespeare's most popular works during his lifetime and while it ranks among one of his most-performed works, this will be the first production of "Hamlet" by The Acting Company in its 40-year history.

Set in the Kingdom of Denmark, the play dramatizes the revenge Prince Hamlet exacts for his father's murder, setting him on a journey seeking his personal mortality. It vividly portrays overwhelming grief and rage while exploring themes of danger, revenge and moral corruption.

"Hamlet" is among Shakespeare's most powerful and influential tragedies. Many believe "Hamlet" is the best Shakespearean work, certainly one of his most well-known and oft-quoted, and may indeed be the perfect play.

Ian Belknap, director for "Hamlet," as well as The Acting Company's artistic director, previously directed John Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men," which performed at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center during the 2012/2013 season.

Founded in 1972 by producer/director/actor John Houseman and current producing director Margot Harley, with members of the first graduating class of Julliard's Drama Division, The Acting Company has performed 137 productions for millions of people across 48 states and 10 foreign countries. Their passion and dedication to the arts has earned the Company a TONY® Honor for Excellence in Theater as well as Obie, Audelco and Los Angeles Critics Circle Awards.

Don't miss the chance to see an off-Broadway show in the Antelope Valley with The Acting Company's production of "Hamlet" at LPAC. Orchestra seats are available at $29 and $19, while children 12 and younger are $12. Tickets may be purchased online at LPAC.org, by phone at 661-723-5950, or in person at the LPAC Box Office, 750 W. Lancaster Blvd.

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