Something's Rotten in the State of Denmark

by  William Shakespeare, Joseph Wallace

Short Play, Comedy  /  11m, 5f

The Bard's most famous work is converted into a farce so hysterical, you'll never read the classic the same way again.

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Something's Rotten in the State of Denmark

by  William Shakespeare Joseph Wallace

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Something's Rotten in the State of Denmark

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    11m, 5f
  • Duration


    40 minutes
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  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

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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 dead-butbiological 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


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  • Minimum Fee: $55 per performance



  • Time Period: 15th Century, Contemporary, 16th Century / Elizabethan
  • Duration: 40 minutes
  • Setting: Interior of a castle.  Sorta.
  • Additional Features: Mime, No intermission, Physical Comedy, Play w/ Music, Puppetry, Stage Combat, Special Effects, Multimedia
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Elaborate / High Volume Costumes, Period Costumes


  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
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Cast Attributes

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

Casting Notes

ALL roles flexible as to gender, in partucular, and possibilities for doubling/tripling.


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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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First performed at LaSalle Academy on March 28, 1988.

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