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Poor Yorick

    by Phil Mansell

Comedy Play Script: 'Poor Yorick' by Phil Mansell


Being A True Account of the Misadventures of
the Jester at the 
Court of King Hamlet at Elsinore

Yorick the jester is not dead – he’s on the road dying a death as he pioneers a new kind of comedy called stand-up. When this fails, he is persuaded by his tavern wench girlfriend Bess to return to Elsinore and get his old job back.

But when he arrives he finds there have been many changes, and he becomes embroiled in Hamlet’s plans for revenge.

Poor Yorick was a winning entry in a competition run as part of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Open Stages project and was performed at both the 400-seat Dolman Theatre and Blackwood Little Theatre.


45 mins approx


(3m, 2f)

  • Yorick - a jester
  • Bess - his tavern wench girlfriend
  • Hamlet - Prince of Denmark
  • Queen Gertrude - Hamlet’s mother
  • Ghost of Hamlet’s Father
  • Gravedigger
    NOTE: The Ghost and Gravedigger characters can be doubled if required.

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