Jul 11, 2014 to Jul 27, 2014
07:00 PM

This event occurs every 3 week(s) on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.


A prince returns home. His father, murdered. His mother, wed to his uncle. The ghosts of his past, restless. 

What follows: Love. Confusion. Betrayal. Self-doubt. Violence. Revenge. 

Delaware Shakespeare Festival presents Hamlet on the grounds of Rockwood Park, outdoors and under the stars for three weeks this summer, from July 11-27.

Hamlet is directed by David Stradley, the producing artistic director of Delaware Shakespeare Festival who directed The Winter’s Tale (2011) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2012), and stars festival-favorite Griffin Stanton-Ameisen, who played Antigonus in The Winter’s Tale, Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2012) and Launce in The Two Gentlemen of Verona (2013).

This year marks DSF’s 12th season (and ninth year at Rockwood Park), and follows the record-breaking 2013 season when The Two Gentlemen of Verona became the best-selling production in DSF history.

Hamlet will run for 13 performances between July 11-27. Performances scheduled Wednesday to Saturday begin at 7:30 p.m., with gates opening at 6:15 p.m. for pre-show entertainment and picnicking. Sunday performances begin at 6 p.m. (gates open at 4:45 p.m.). No shows are scheduled for Monday or Tuesday nights, although Tuesday, July 22 is scheduled as a make-up rain date, if needed.

On Saturday, July 19, the 2nd Annual Janssen’s Market Picnic Contest will take place on the grounds before the performance. Local celebrity judges will roam the grounds before the performance and grade participating picnickers on the presentation, tastiness, and Shakespearean spirit of their spread. One winner will claim the coveted Janssen’s Market Picnic Contest trophy and eternal glory (until next year).

DSF offers several new ticket options this year:

  • “Festival Pass:” This all-festival pass provides entrance to an unlimited number of performances during the run of Hamlet. The pass is non-transferrable and is available for $38. Friends attending with a festival pass holder will receive a $2 discount on tickets.
  • “Saved Seats”: A limited number of DSF lawn chairs will be available by reservation at each performance. Chairs will be set up in premium locations in the first row of the “high-backed chairs” section, behind blanket and low-backed chairs seating. Reservations can be made on the DSF website for $35/ticket.

General admission to the festival is $17. Tickets are $15 for seniors (65+), and active military (and their families), with identification. Student tickets are $13. Children 5 and under are free at every performance. Every Sunday is Family Night, with special activities for children 12 and under, who are admitted free with a paid adult admission. 

Patrons should come prepared with their own chairs and/or blankets.

To purchase tickets, go to www.delshakes.org or simply purchase at the door.

The Festival is sponsored by Prestwick House, Janssen’s Market, Delmarva Power, WDEL and WSTW, and presented in partnership with New Castle County. DSF productions are made possible, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency dedicated to nurturing and supporting the arts in Delaware, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. 

For more information about Hamlet and the 2014 festival, visit www.delshakes.org or email info@delshakes.org.


$17 General admission, $15 for Seniors and Active Military, $13 for Students


View map Rockwood Park
4651 Washington Street Extension
Wilmington, DE

Additional Information


The Delaware Shakespeare Festival



Contact name

David Stradley, DSF Artistic Director

Contact email



New Castle County



We make every effort to ensure the accuracy of this information. However, you should always call ahead to confirm dates, times, location, and other information.

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