Fortinbras (play)

Fortinbras is a 1991 play by American playwright Lee Blessing. Set immediately following William Shakespeare's Hamlet, the play recounts the events after Hamlet's death that go on throughout Elsinore. The play includes almost every character from Hamlet returning as a ghost.[1]


Fortinbras opened on 18 June 1991 at the La Jolla Playhouse.[2]


Name Role
Des McAnuff Artistic Director[2]
Alan Levey Managing Director
Robert Brill Scene design
Susan Hilferty Costume design
Chris Parry Lighting design
Michael Roth Music and sound design
Kenneth Ted Bible Sound design
Andy Tighe Stage manager


Name Role
Don Reilly Hamlet[2]
Jefferson Mays Osric
Ralph Bruneau Horatio
William Gain English ambassador
Daniel Jenkins Fortinbras
Paul Gutrecht Captain of the Norwegian army
James Crawford Marcellus
James Kiernan Barnardo
Archer Martin Polish maiden
Kim C. Walsh Polish maiden
William Cain Polonius
Laura Linney Ophelia
Jonathan Freeman Claudius
Devon Allen Gertrude
Josh Sebers Laertes



  • Blessing, Lee (1992). Fortinbras. Dramatists Play Service. ISBN 9780822204213.
  • Drake, Sylvie (25 June 1991). "La Jolla Fortinbras Played for Laughs". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 7 January 2018.

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