Gravedigger’s Tale is a new interactive one-man play based on Shakespeare’s Hamlet. The play, developed by director Robert Richmond (Folger Theatre’s Julius Caesar, Richard III, Henry V and more), features the Gravedigger, who appears to have much more knowledge about court life in Elsinore than originally thought. He arrives with a trunk and a book and responds to questions from the audience using the text from Hamlet.
Two free performances will take place at the Folger on June 12 at 6:30pm and June 13 at 12:00pm. Learn more and reserve your spot here.
The Folger Shakespeare Library has a treasure trove of images of characters from Hamlet, including the Gravedigger, pictured below.
An engraving of the Gravedigger by artist George Scharf, 1825.
Rowland Buckstone in costume as the Gravedigger, late 19th or early 20th century.
The Gravedigger by artist F. O. C. Darley, 1884.
The Gravedigger by artist Henry Liverseege, 1832.
Actor Owen Fawcett as the Gravedigger, 1891.
Mr. George Barrett as the Gravedigger by artist F. H Townsend, 1892.
An drawing of the Gravedigger by artist John Massey Wright, late 18th century or 19th century.
Todd Scofield as the Gravedigger in Folger Theatre’s 2010 production of Hamlet directed by Joseph Haj. Photo by Carol Pratt.
Rowland Buckstone as the Gravedigger. Photo by William Morrison, 1901.
An illustration the Gravedigger by artist Thomas Charles Wageman, 19th century.