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HAMLET June 11-19 2019


The Tragedy of Hamlet is like a bottomless ocean. There is no end to its revelationary possibilities. Hamlet’s fall from Grace mirrors the struggle of every human being who has lived and who will ever live. The outer story with its tragic series of events is one thing. But the inner story, the psychological and spiritual struggle which Shakespeare’s mirror up to Nature portrays, is our own struggle magnified in such a way that we cannot help but resonate with the subtle vibrations and insights the play’s magnificent poetry unveils.

Studying together in the beautiful environment of the Villa Sant’Annina in the centre of the southern Italian province of Puglia we will share in the emotional force field that this play provides. It draws us into new dimensions of experience and reveals layers of meaning which we might never have been aware of before. Together we laugh, we cry, we suffer in Hamlet’s slipstream experiencing the full range of a human being’s possibilities including wonder, puzzlement, gratitude, fear, desire, unreason and of course, love.

As the legendary Director Peter Brook stated many years ago: “Each line in Shakespeare is an atom. The energy that can be released is infinite – if we can split it open.”

The whole aim of our week together is to do precisely that.

Philip Marvin


“There are more things in heaven and earth Horatio,
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”