A celebrated Canadian musical is returning to the Charlottetown Festival, 45 years after it was first produced here.
“Kronborg – The Hamlet Rock Musical” runs for 15 nights between June 28 to July 20 in the Homburg Theatre at Confederation Centre of the Arts.
Preview performances are slated for June 21 and June 27.
The electrifying rock production has been revived by director Mary Francis Moore and music director Craig Fair, as well as the festival cast, crew and orchestra.
First commissioned as a CBC radio play in 1973, the original title was “Kronborg: 1582”, named for the Danish castle and year Shakespeare’s original revenge tragedy takes place.
After the original radio production, the play moved to the Confederation Centre Stage and first appeared at the festival in 1974.
Over the years, the production was presented through diverse variations and on different stages, including on Broadway and in Los Angeles.
Years later, the musical’s creator, Cliff Jones, crossed paths with the centre’s artistic director, Adam Brazier, and Kronborg was given a new lease on life. It had a sold-out concert presentation at the Historic St. Mary’s Church in Indian River and later packed the Homburg Theatre.