That is the question.
Why does Hamlet's father come back from the dead and cause a bloodbath? Because he's a fool, that's why.
Winner of the Kenneth Branagh New Drama Writing Award, Waiting for Hamlet reveals the comedy of errors behind Shakespeare's most famous tragedy.
Only Yorick can stop dead King Hamlet destroying everything and everyone he loves. But he’s a fool too.
Pride, privilege and poor parenting skills make a murdured king a dangerous thing. If he can only stay dead, there'll be no drama and no one dies at the end.
Waiting For Hamlet is a comedy about a tragedy, and a love letter to the greatest play ever written.
Look out for news of UK and US dates in 2023
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, before Covid struck.
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.
During the 2021 Summer Tour which ran from Hastings to Ludlow and from Bristol to Manchester, Waiting for Hamlet picked up the Michael Graney Bursary at the Brighton Fringe.
W4H made its Edinburgh Fringe debut in 2022, with one reviewer writing "This is the show folk will be recommending when asked for their top EdFringe tips of 2022."
2023 sees the first US production and a UK run in tandem with a new companion piece, Banquo's Ghosts.
Our first US run, with Christopher Gibbs as The King and Robert MacKasek as Yorick, directed and produced by Kevern Cameron
All roads led to Edinburgh for three weeks at theSpace
Nic and Tim took W4H to festivals from Brighton to Manchester
The radio version of Waiting for Hamlet won an OnComm Offie award for online performances during the Covid-19 lockdown
The first production was directed by Paula Chitty with Edmund Dehn as the King and Elizabeth George as The Fool