Shakespeare Miami will present “Hamlet” on Friday, January 26 and Saturday, January 27 at the ArtsPark Amphitheater in Downtown Hollywood.

“The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark” often shortened to just “Hamlet,” is a 16th-century play written by William Shakespeare. The tragedy is set in Denmark and dramatizes the revenge Prince Hamlet is called to wreak upon his uncle Claudius by the ghost of Hamlet’s father, King Hamlet.

The mission of Shakespeare Miami is to promote literacy, culture and a passion for the arts through free performances of the works of William Shakespeare.

“When I was in high school in suburban Detroit, my Shakespeare teacher, Miss Ruth Tharp, would take her classes to the Stratford Shakespeare Festival outside of Toronto Canada,” recalls Shakespeare Miami Founder Colleen Stovall.  “She would pay the way for any of us who earned an ‘A’ in her class.  Her only rule was that we needed to pay it forward when we grew up.”

Unfortunately, Miss Tharpe passed away before Stovall had the chance to really thank her.

“Shakespeare Miami is my way of paying back a mentor and role model,” said Stovall. “In Miss Tharp’s memory, I run this company for free. It’s my gift to my community.”

Admission is free and the shows begin at 8 p.m. Bring beach chairs or blankets for lawn seating. For more information, please visit www.shakespearemiami.com