Big-budget Utahan Shakespeare can be hard to find north of Cedar City.

Yet once again, Salt Lake’s Pioneer Theater Company is proving their worth as a respite from the constant barrage of mid-century comedy and musical theater found in the halls of Utah’s playhouses.

Hamlet opened at PTC last Friday. One of Shakespeare’s most famous tragedies, Hamlet is a beautiful exploration of treachery, revenge, family dysfunction and madness.

The cast is a pastiche of locally beloved actors and experienced newcomers, many of whom have recognizable film experience. Prince Hamlet was in NBC’s Kings, Gertrude was in Independence Day and Touched by an Angel, and Ophelia will be in HBO’s upcoming Boardwalk Empire.

Hamlet  By William Shakespeare

WHEN: Sept. 17 – Oct. 2
TIMES: Mondays – Thursdays, 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m. Saturday matinees, 1:30 p.m.
(Sept. 25 only) or 2 p.m.
(all others)
WHERE: Simmons Pioneer Memorial Theatre 300 S. 1400 E., Salt Lake City
PRICE: $24 -$42; Children K – 12 are half price on Mondays and Tuesdays
MORE: Box Office 801-581-6961. The Box Office is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday – Friday, and Saturdays when there are performances. For more information visit www.PioneerTheatre.org