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Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’ at Center for the Arts

The Center is pleased to share this version of Hamlet, adapted and directed by Connie Downer.

Hamlet, Shakespeare’s most famous tragedy, is now playing at The Center for the Arts through Sunday, September 25.

“We are excited to bring this iconic Shakespeare play to our stage in this 2022 season,” says Mark David Williams, Artistic Director. “I can’t think of a more qualified person to adapt and direct this piece than Connie Downer. We are very lucky to have her knowledge and passion for Shakespeare. It is sure to be an incredible show!”

“I read Hamlet for the first time when I was nine years old,” shares Director Connie Downer. “I was too young to grasp the complexities of the play, but I fell in love with the character of Hamlet then and there…I do not believe that anyone has ever created more fascinating or complex characters (as Shakespeare) and then given them such impossible circumstances to navigate. I hope I have done them justice. It has been my honor and my great privilege to work with this group of dedicated actors to bring them to life.”

More about Hamlet

Hamlet is Shakespeare’s most famous tragedy. The ghost of the King of Denmark tells his son, Hamlet, to avenge his murder by killing the new king, Hamlet’s uncle. Hamlet feigns madness, contemplates life and death, and seeks revenge. The show is rated PG-13.

Tickets for adults start at $16 and are currently on sale at, by calling 615-904-ARTS (2787), or at the Center for the Arts Box Office, 110 West College Street, in downtown Murfreesboro. For more information, visit their Facebook page here.

Remaining performance dates

  • Fri, September 23, 2022, at 7:30 pm
  • Sat, September 24, 2022, at 7:30 pm
  • Sun, September 25, 2022, at 2:00 pm


Adult $18; Senior (60+)/Student/Military: $16; Child $14.00 Discount of $2/ticket for groups of 10 or more. Call 615-904-2787 for group reservations.

Cast list

  • Sam Downer – Hamlet
  • Aaron Johnson – Claudius
  • Heather Gardner – Gertrude
  • Ashleigh Massengill – Ophelia
  • Britton Clark – Horatio
  • Todd Seage – Polonius
  • Stephen Turner – Laertes
  • Dakota Green – Rosencrantz
  • Lena Eccles – Guildenstern
  • Ryan Green – Ghost
  • Grant Gardner – Ensemble
  • Teela Kelley – Ensemble
  • Grant Weingart – Ensemble
  • Aylee Gardner – Osric
  • Charlie Arkenberg – Ensemble




About the Author

Michael Aldrich

Michael Aldrich is Nashville Parent's Managing Editor and a Middle Tennessee arts writer. He and his wife, Alison, are the proud parents of 4-year-old Ezra and baby Norah.