Hamlet Audio Edition

Hamlet—Shakespeare's most popular, and perhaps most puzzling play—follows the form of a "revenge tragedy," in which the hero, Hamlet, seeks vengeance against his father's murderer, his uncle Claudius, now the King of Denmark. Much of its fascination, however, lies in its uncertainties.

This new unabridged audio recording of the well-respected edition of Shakespeare's classic—expertly produced by the Folger Theatre—is perfect for students, teachers, and the everyday listener.

Listen to a sample of the recording below and buy the audio as a CD or a download.



Hamlet—Zach Appelman
Claudius—Ian Merrill Peakes
Polonius—Rick Foucheux
Gertrude—Karen Peakes
Ophelia—Emily Trask
Laertes—Aubrey Deeker
Horatio—Michael Brusasco
Rosencrantz—Chris Genebach
Guildenstern—Todd Scofield

All other parts were played by members of the company.

Creative Team

Robert Richmond—Director
Beth Emelson—Producer
Anthony Cochrane—Composer
Katharine Pitt—Production Assistant
Adam Stamper—Sound Engineer
Cody Nickell—Narrator

Michael Witmore—Director, Folger Shakespeare Library
Janet Alexander Griffin—Artistic Producer
Barbara A. Mowat and Paul Werstine—Editors, Folger Editions

Recorded at Omega Studios and Audio School, Rockville, Maryland.

In partnership with Simon & Schuster Audio