February 26, 2018
Williamstown, Massachusetts—The Clark Art Institute presents National Theatre of London’s encore production of Hamlet on Sunday, March 11 at 2 pm. Tickets are $18 ($16 for Clark members) and may be purchased online at or by calling the box office at 413 458 0524. Run time is 3 hours, 20 minutes.
Academy Award nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC’s Sherlock, The Imitation Game) takes on the title role of Shakespeare’s great tragedy, a story of a country arming itself for war while a family tears itself apart. Forced to avenge his father’s death but paralyzed by the task ahead, Hamlet rages against the impossibility of his predicament, threatening both his sanity and the security of the state. Directed by Lyndsey Turner and produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, the play (originally filmed in 2015) received spectacular reviews:
“Benedict Cumberbatch is a blazing five-star Hamlet.” —Dominic Cavendish, Daily Telegraph
“One of the most visually and atmospherically stunning productions I’ve ever seen, of anything, ever.” —Andrzej Lukowski, Time Out
“This is a Hamlet for a world on the edge: a warning from history, and a plea for new ideas from a new generation.”—Matt Trueman, Variety


The Clark Art Institute, located in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts, is one of a small number of institutions globally that is both an art museum and a center for research, critical discussion, and higher education in the visual arts. Opened in 1955, the Clark houses exceptional European and American paintings and sculpture, extensive collections of master prints and drawings, English silver, and early photography. Acting as convener through its Research and Academic Program, the Clark gathers an international community of scholars to participate in a lively program of conferences, colloquia, and workshops on topics of vital importance to the visual arts. The Clark library, consisting of more than 270,000 volumes, is one of the nation’s premier art history libraries. The Clark also houses and co-sponsors the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art.
The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is $20; free year-round for Clark members, children 18 and younger, and students with valid ID. Free admission is available through several programs, including First Sundays Free; a local library pass program; EBT Card to Culture; Bank of America Museums on Us; and Blue Star Museums. For more information on these programs and more, visit or call 413 458 2303.
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