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Essential Event Info

W H A T :

  • CWC & The Carnegie Arts Center present
    HAMLET, captured live in Digital High-Definition
  • Directed by Nicholas Hytner, UK, 2010, with 10-minute Behind-the-Scenes featurette with director/actor interviews, etc.

  • W H E N :

  • Tuesday, December 28, 7:00 pm
  • Saturday, January 8, 7:00 pm

  • Social hour, cash bar 6:00 pm
  • Theatre seating opens 6:30 pm
  • Program begins 7:00 pm

  • W H E R E :

  • The Carnegie Arts Center
    1028 Scott Blvd., Covington KY 41011   859-491-2030
  • Easy Access, Free Parking:
    Printable PDF parking map
    Printable PDF Bridges & Downtown Grid Detail
    Interactive directional map

  • T I C K E T S :

  • Tickets are $16* in advance, $20* at the door.
  • Tickets for students and Enjoy the Arts members with valid ID are $16*, available only at the door.
  • Student group tickets are $12 for groups of 8 or more, including teacher.
  •  * NOTE: Any CWC ticket sold by the CARNEGIE incurs a $1.00 facility charge in addition to the face value of the ticket -- this applies to tix purchased in advance by phone or in person, and at the door.

    How to get Tickets

    CWC WebTix:
  • Click here for online tickets

    By phone:
  • The Carnegie,
    859-491-2030, Tue-Fri 12-5p
  • CWC WebTix, tollfree,
    877-548-3237, Mon-Fri 9a-7p

    In person at these area locations
    (click each location for a map):

  • Clifton-Ludlow Avenue,
    Sitwell's Coffee House
    513 281 7487

  • Mt. Lookout Square,
    Lookout Joe Coffee Roasters

    513 871 8626

  • Northside-Hamilton Ave,
    Shake It Music & Video
    513 591 0123

  • Downtown Cincinnati,
    Coffee Emporium
    513 651 5483

  • Tickets will also be sold at the door, subject to availability.

    Welcome to the Carnegie

    The Otto M. Budig Theatre in the Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center transports the audience to the ornate elegance of the early 1900s. Restored in 2006, improvements include comfortable seating with additional leg room, large movie screen and updated sound system. While the theatre holds 465 patrons, we have limited cinema capacity to 350 seats on the main floor and center balcony – to insure the best sight lines and audience experience.

    COME EARLY to socialize and enjoy your favorite spirits or non-alcoholic beverage. The Carnegie opens one hour before evening screenings and the cash bar is in the adjacent Gallery/reception space. The Carnegie is located at 1028 Scott Blvd., Covington KY 41011 (corner of Scott and Robbins, between 10th and 11th Streets). FREE PARKING on-site and in nearby lots -- click here for the Parking Map.
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    An action-packed drama as relevant and vivid now as when created, William Shakespeare's Hamlet is considered by many to be the greatest play ever written. The elements of this masterpiece are gripping and plentiful — revenge, adultery, death, deceit, suicide, madness and the supernatural.
    At top level Hamlet is the tragic story of a young man plagued by conscience, indecision and misjudgment. In a broader context, it conveys Shakespeare's inner thoughts on morality and mortality, combined with a powerful portrayal of politics.

    Accessible   Affordable   Unique Experience
    Our presentation of NT Live is one of only four screenings within a 400 mile radius. You'll share a unique experience with the audience in London – the excitement and intimacy of live theatre, and at a very affordable price.

    The Performance in High Definition Digital
    How it Works.  The process is fascinating – through intense preparation, rehearsal and refinement, the directors, producers and camera crew capture the authenticity of the stage play in digital High Definition.

    The Production & Cast
    The play easily translates to a contemporary setting and director Nicholas Hytner's interpretation builds on this quality by creating a modern police state that echoes the political conditions of Shakespeare's time. Intrigue abounds in a milieu where secret police are everywhere and everyone spies on everyone else.

    A Rhapsody of Words
    Hamlet gives us the most famous speech in English literature, "To be or not to be."
    Throughout, Shakespeare wields words as an artist would a brush or a surgeon a scalpel – deftly balancing language and moral concepts with the demands of plot. Many of the lines are now part of our common lexicon, to the point where we quote or paraphrase them in our regular conversations.
    For example: "to thine own self be true; brevity is the soul of wit; the play's the thing; neither a borrower nor a lender be; get thee to a nunnery; the clothes make the man; method to his madness."  
    Click here
    for a list of quotes (pdf).
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    About The National Theatre

    The Royal National Theatre in London, usually called the National Theatre or "The National" for short, is one of the United Kingdom's two most prominent publicly funded theatre companies, alongside the Royal Shakespeare Company.

    About NT Live

    A principal element in the National Theatre's outreach effort, NT Live is a groundbreaking initiative to broadcast the best of British theatre to cinemas around the world. The first season of events, which began in June 2009 with the acclaimed production of Phédre starring Helen Mirren, was seen by over 200,000 people on 320 screens in 22 countries.

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    The Acclaim Awards

    Acclaim The Acclaim Awards recognize outstanding work in Cincinnati theater and support a variety of initiatives for area theater artists and educators including local Guest Equity Artist contracts, Theatre Educator Awards, Rising Stars and the Theatre Forward showcase at the Aronoff Center.

    The Acclaim Awards have celebrated excellence in professional, independent and university theatre in Greater Cincinnati theater since 2006. More than 30 Cincinnati-area theater experts – critics, producers, practitioners and educators – nominate and select award recipients.

    The sixth Acclaim Awards will be held Monday, May 23, 2011 at the Aronoff Center's Jarson-Kaplan Theater. This season the Acclaims include the Cincinnati Theater Awards (CTAs) which invite the public to vote for favorite performers and productions by community theaters and university theater programs. Learn more:
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    Global support for NT Live comes from...


    Aviva Aviva is the official sponsor of National Theatre Live. The world's sixth-largest insurance group with 53 million customers in 28 countries, London-based Aviva puts the people it serves ahead of selling policies and its 46,000 employees are dedicated to providing their customers with excellent service and peace of mind.

    Supporting the Oxfam Alliance and global conservation efforts, Aviva is active in community-based initiatives and charitable causes around the globe, stressing human rights and diversity, particularly through its "Street-to-School" programs in the U.K., Canada, China and India.

    In the U.S., Aviva partners with the Mayo Clinic in the Wellness for Life program. Learn more about the ways Aviva connects with its customers and the community at the Big Picture, and for insight into insurance, retirement, investments and health programs visit the U.S. site, and the London HQ site