Two old fools in Limbo. One wants to go out, the other wants to stay in. King Hamlet and Yorick, in isolation, plan a return to the world they left.
Only Yorick can stop dead King Hamlet destroying everything and everyone he loves. But he’s a fool.
It's not a question of whether to be or not to be. It's about how not to be. It’s about love, and loss, and legacy and letting go.
And hats. Hats are important.
It’s a battle of wits between two fools - and only one of them knows he’s a fool.
Waiting For Hamlet is a comedy about a tragedy, and a love letter to the greatest play ever written.
After months in Limbo, we're looking at dates for 2021
David has written two books, Farrow and Ball will be Named in our Divorce and Vanity Mirror. For ten years he wrote a blog, My Homework Ate the Dog, and won the Word Magazine Blog of The Year award in 2012. Waiting for Hamlet, which won the 2018 International Kenneth Branagh New Drama Writing Award at the Windsor Fringe, was his first play. Other works include A Play on Words, Absolutely Everything and The Leavers. For 2021 he has developed a two-hour, three-act version of Waiting for Hamlet and a short companion piece, Banquo's Ghosts.
Waiting for Hamlet won its writer David Visick the International Kenneth Branagh New Drama Writing Award in 2018. The judges described it as “born from a love of the source material and an equal love of Stoppard-esque wordplay,” and “very clever, funny and skillfully written.”
It was first performed at the Windsor Fringe in October 2018 and an extended 50-minute version was scheduled for 2020 Festivals, including the Edinburgh Fringe.
During the 2020 lockdown the cast recorded an audio version which won an OffWestEnd Oncomm award, alongside productions from the Royal Court and the Donmar.
Waiting for Hamlet Part II (the sequel to the prequel) is being prepared for performances in 2021. It continues the adventures of the King and the Fool as they observe and take part in the action in Shakespeare's Hamlet. Its cast of six play all the characters from the original play.
The first production was directed by Paula Chitty with Edmund Dehn as the King and Elizabeth George as The Fool
The radio version of Waiting for Hamlet won an OnComm Offie award for online performances during the Covid-19 lockdown
We're heading back to the stage ! Watch out for announcements as the theatres come back to life