Our local Orlando arts community has been incredibly innovative and fast to adapt to current social distancing guidelines. From virtual museum exhibits to a virtual wine party and at-home science experiments, we've had a bevy of ways to enjoy date night at home. And now, Orlando Shakes has designed a fun, creative way to bring Shakespeare's works to you with free Virtual ShakesBeer events hosted live on Facebook. 

Last month's Virtual Shakesbeer: Romeo + Juliet​ Edition drew more than 2,000 live viewers, and has now reached over 14,000 people. The series returns with a rip-roaring rendition of Shakespeare's Hamlet during Virtual ShakesBeer: Hamlet Edition next Friday, June 12.  

Adapted and directed by Mark Routhier, Virtual ShakesBeer: Hamlet Edition will be an abbreviated, comedic version of Hamlet. Your narrator – aka your drinking guide – will lead you and the performers through a fun drinking game. Get a little inebriated along with Hamlet as he ponders life's questions and plots revenge. 


Lisa Hardt as the Narrator
Jennifer Bonner as Rosencrantz, Guildenstern, and Ophelia
Tim Williams as the Ghost, Claudius, and Polonius
Ross Neal as Hamlet
Kristin Shoffner as Horatio, Gertrude, and Laertes
Director:​ Mark Routhier


When: Friday, June 12, 2020 at 6pm
Where:​ LIVE stream on the ​Orlando Shakes Facebook page​.
This event is recommended for audiences 21+.


Orlando Shakes Productions On-Demand

In addition to the Virtual ShakesBeer performances, Orlando Shakes Productions On-Demand is now available for your viewing pleasure! Productions available for streaming are The Three Musketeers​ by Catherine Bush and ​Gertrude and Claudius​ by Mark St. Germain. Initially, these performances were filmed for artistic reference only. Lucky for us, Orlando Shakes was able to acquire permission to stream these for art lovers everywhere. Be sure to act fast, as these will only be available for streaming for a limited time.

Pricing starts at $10, $5 for students. Tickets for these virtual performances go on sale June 3, 2020 and will remain available until June 14, 2020 at 11:59pm.

Feature image credit: Orlando Shakes