Renowned playwright late Nana Jog’s Marathi adaptation of William Shakespeare’s iconic play – Hamlet – will be staged at Suresh Bhat auditorium in Nagpur from November 16. Jog translated Shakespeare’s Hamlet in 1957 and it is after more than 60 years that his adaptation is being used for a play.
The play, which is being presented by Zee Marathi, was first staged on April 27 at Ravindra Natya Mandir in Dadar, Mumbai. The play will have four shows in Nagpur and the first show on November 16 will be the 50th show of the play. While on Nov 16 and Nov 17, the play will be staged at 7:30 pm, on Nov 18 there will be two shows of the play at 11 am and 4 pm.
‘Hamlet,’ which is directed by Chandrakant Kulkarni and produced by Dilip Jadhav’s Ashtavinayak and Shripad Padmakar’s Jigisha, has several renowned names from Marathi film industry and theatre playing different characters with Sumeet Raghavan playing the central character of Hamlet.
Apart from Raghavan, well-known actors who will performing in the play include: Tushar Dalvi (Claudius, Hamlet’s Stepfather), Mugdha Godbole (Gertrude, Hamlet’s mother), Manava Naik (Ophelia), Bhushan Pradhan (Laertes, Ophelia’s brother), Ashish Kulkarni (Horatio, Hamlet’s friend), Ranjeet Jog (Rosencrantz, Hamlet’s friend), etc.
Ranjeet Jog, who’s the great grandson of Nana Jog, expressed his happiness playing a role in the play as he said, “It’s a very emotional moment for me. When Chandrakant Kulkarni thought of reviving the play through my great grandfather Nana Jog’s adaptation, he told me that Nana Jog would use to play the role of Rosancrantz. By playing the same role, it’s a tribute that I will be paying to my great grandfather.”