"Line by line, Mr. Rudnick may be the funniest writer 

for the stage in the United States today!" 

- Ben Brantley for the New York Times


" Unapologetically silly and...hilarious" 
- New York Times

"You just can't hate 'I Hate Hamlet.'"
- L.A. Times


Andrew Rally is on the top of the world. He's a big TV star, and has just moved into a ritzy apartment in Manhattan so he can start rehearsals for his New York debut as Hamlet. 

There's only one problem-he  hates   Hamlet! 

And when the ghost of John Barrymore shows up to help him prepare for the role, he's in for the ride of his life.


REMEMBER: Kids, K-12 are half-price on Mondays and Tuesdays! 



Runs from Friday, March 20 through Saturday, April 4, 2015!


Buy tickets online anytime at www.PioneerTheatre.org

or call 801-581-6961 

(Mon.-Fri., 10-6 p.m. Open Saturdays, and until Intermission, during the run of show.)

Salt Lake Tribune:
"The subject of Pioneer Theatre Company's new comedy, "I Hate Hamlet," should appeal to the theater haters who think of "Hamlet" as "algebra onstage" as well as the lovers who consider the Bard's story of the young haunted Danish prince "the most beautiful play ever written..."

Deseret News:
"The play's first act ends with the TV actor alone seeing the shadow of the striking profile of a man upon the wall as curtains blow and lightning illuminates the room, and the actor cries out: "I hate Hamlet!" The play comically deals with the question of just how relevant William Shakespeare's "Hamlet" is for modern audiences..."

Utah Daily Chronicle:
"Many students hate Shakespeare's timeless classic "Hamlet," mostly because it has been forced on them throughout their educational lives. However, Pioneer Theater Company is aiming to give students a few reasons to love Hamlet with its presentation of the comedy "I Hate Hamlet" by Paul Rudnick..."

Dramaturg's Notes
John Barrymore, 1922


By Alexandra Harbold


BARRYMORE: (1882-1942) Born John Sydney Blythe, Barrymore was the youngest child of great comic actress Georgiana Drew Barrymore and British-born stage actor Maurice Barrymore (original name, Herbert Blythe). John and his siblings Ethel and Lionel were the next generation of...

RUDNICK: In a 2007 essay for the New Yorker, Paul Rudnick recounts how he came across a listing for "a medieval duplex"  Barrymore, "The Great Profile," that...



World's Greatest Tragedy becomes Comedy


"Paul Rudnick is a champion of truth (and love and great wicked humor) whom we ignore at our peril."

-David Sedaris


Paul Rudnick has Barrymore describe himself in I Hate Hamlet as "a light comedian" (81), and that's certainly nearer the truth than labeling him a Shakespearean actor. 

And yet, Shakespeare's most amazing and challenging character cast his spell over Barrymore as over so many...
PTC Alums on Broadway!
Anthony Ramos
It's no secret to the New York theatre community that Pioneer Theatre Company is a great place to work. 

"I can't say enough wonderful things about working at The Pioneer Theater. It has been one of my favorite places to perform," said Broadway's Nancy Lemenager (Other Desert Cities, Sweet Charity)


So it should be no surprise that our former cast members are showing up in shows up and down Broadway this season. Find out who is playing where...


 "Mr Wheeler's"
Our last reading for 2015!
Playwright Rob Zellers
Our very popular new play reading series,  Play-By-Play
opens its last reading of the series,  Friday, March 27th and Saturday, March 28th,
with  Mr. Wheeler's  by Rob Zellers.

Life is a challenge when you work at a moribund fast food restaurant in a decaying inner city. But don't underestimate the resilience of the scruffy band of young people who work the breakfast shift at Mr. Wheeler's.


The Wells Fargo Wagon 
is a-Comin'!

May 1 through May 16th! 


Fast-talking Harold Hill sweeps into a sleepy Iowa town, and soon there's trouble, right here in River City. Harold is selling marching bands, despite the fact that he doesn't know the difference between a treble clef and trumpet....





Visit the Loge Gallery before, after, or during intermission of
NO BOUNDARIES  an exhibit featuring the work of Jeff Mauger.

Pioneer Theatre Company's Loge Gallery is open dur ing business hours for the general public, and before, after and during intermission for theatre patrons. 


Information on the Production: 





SYNOPSIS: Andrew Rally has just become rich and famous playing the lead in a TV show, and his agent persuades him to gain a little theatre credibility by playing the role of Hamlet in a New York production of the play. Rally immediately regrets agreeing to do the part-he's over his head and knows it, and besides, he hates Hamlet-but it's too late to back out. He's rented a palatial apartment in Manhattan, and discovers to his shock that it's haunted by the ghost of the former owner-the legendary actor John Barrymore, the most famous "Hamlet" of the twentieth century. Will Barrymore's ghost help Andrew to reach new levels of artistic artistry in the greatest role ever written, or kill him trying? 




RUNNING TIME: Two hours, which includes a 15-minute intermission.


J. Paul Boehmer (John Barrymore)
Ben Rosenbaum (Andrew Rally)
Nell Gwynn (Felicia Dantine)

We wish to thank the voters of Salt Lake County for this production:  

Sponsors for 
this production: 
Lawrence T. and Janet T. Dee Foundation