Something's Rotten in the State of Denmark (Musical)

by  William Shakespeare, Joseph Wallace, Linda Hochheiser, Ben Gammerman, Brian Murray

Full Length Musical, Comedy  /  8m, 5f

Hilarity abounds in this new musical version of Joseph Wallace’s popular and hysterical farce/tragedy.

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Something's Rotten in the State of Denmark (Musical)

  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    8m, 5f
  • Duration


    75 Minutes
  • SubGenre


    Adaptations (Shakespeare)
  • Accolades


    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

At the dress rehearsal for Hamlet, young Tom is utterly exhausted from playing the title character. He closes his eyes for just a minute and opens the audiences’ to a version of the Bard’s masterpiece never before imagined. Uncle/Father Claudius can’t seem to remember anyone’s name and Hamlet’s deadbutbiological father exhibits multiple personalities reminiscent of other famous literary phantoms. From the mysterious council of rabbits (or “rabbi”) to Hamlet covering up Polonius’ death with ventriloquism, this comedy is sure to be a hit with the whole family!
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Performing Groups

  • Elementary School / Primary
  • Jr High/Primary
  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Outdoor
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups


  • No Special Cautions

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  • Time Period: 15th Century, Contemporary, 16th Century / Elizabethan
  • Duration: 75 Minutes
  • Setting: The interior of a castle, with scenery as simple or complicated as one would wish.  This play is supposed to be purpsoely "bad."  Costumes mix periods and genres, scenery falls down.
  • Additional Features: Mime, Physical Comedy, Play w/ Music
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Period Costumes


  • Musical Style: Classic Broadway, Pop/Rock
  • Vocal Demands: Easy
  • Orchestra Size: Piano Only
  • Chorus Size: Medium


8m, 5f
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Cross gender casting
  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Expandable casting
  • Features Children
  • Roles for Teens
  • Flexible casting
  • Roles for Children
  • Room for Extras
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)

Casting Notes

Many roles can be doubled or tripled.


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William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare

Joseph Wallace

Joseph Wallace has been writing and directing plays for more than thirty years.  In addition, he has been a teacher of English and theatre for more than 25 years.  His titles with us include: Something's Rotten in the S ...

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Linda Hochheiser

Linda Hochheiser

Ben Gammerman

Ben Gammerman

Brian Murray

Brian Murray

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