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Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park
3655 Church Rd. Ellicott City, MD 21043
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34 reviews
8 stars
Bring your own picnic-type chair, if you have one. The venue provides chairs, but they are less than comfy.
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18 events
14 reviews
6 stars
I love these productions and the setting
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68 events
18 reviews
34 stars
attended Jun 26 2010

An excellent production in a lovely and Shakespeare appropriate outdoor setting. Acting, direction and staging was excellent, good acoustics so very clear. Very highly recommended. Ellicott City also is a nice litle town to walk around in, have a...continued

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7 reviews
3 stars
attended Jun 26 2010

Very nice production and an amazing setting. A little too long for our two pre-teen girls, but overall excellent.

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14 reviews
6 stars
attended Jun 26 2010

Great venue. Beautiful night. Beautiful moon. Bring a picnic dinner and wine. Truly enjoyed the production but had forgotten that Hamlet is a long play.

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While it is the world’s most popular tragedy, Hamlet is also a vigorous, thrilling adventure, telling the story of Prince Hamlet’s efforts to exact revenge on his uncle, who has murdered Hamlet’s father before taking the throne and marrying his mother.  The play is famed for its layered, deeply developed characters, its roller-coaster plot, and its transcendent language.

“I’m thrilled that Chesapeake Shakespeare Company is producing Hamlet this summer,” said CSC Artistic Director Ian Gallanar, who is directing the show. “Many consider it to be Shakespeare’s greatest play and we’re hoping to bring our audiences a Hamlet that they will remember with excitement for years to come.” The title role will be played by CSC Associate Director Patrick Kilpatrick. Kilpatrick is a familiar face on CSC stages, having previously appeared as Romeo, Bottom, and Henry V, among others.

In addition to performances, Chesapeake Shakespeare Company In-The-Ruins features pre-show entertainment that includes musicians, jugglers and stage combat demonstrations to engage the many picnickers who arrive early to enjoy the sights and sounds at Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park. The gates open 90 minutes before show time for picnicking.

About the Ticket Supplier: Chesapeake Shakespeare Company

The Chesapeake Shakespeare Company is one of the fastest growing classics theaters in the United States. The tremendous support and energy it has received has come as a result of CSC’s desire to create a new way to deliver classical theater — ways that encourage conversations between audience and artists, one that connects the organization to its community and finds unique ways to combine the traditional and the new when presenting exciting and energetic productions. Built on a model that encourages collaboration and long-term relationships with artists, CSC has built the foundation for a healthy, vibrant organization that is growing into a regional center of energy and excellence. Their ambition is to “change the way people think about Shakespeare.”