Cover art by Qui Nguyen

Living Dead in Denmark

Qui Nguyen
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This is the revised 2024 edition. This title may also be purchased in the following bundle at 20% off the regular price: THE UNDEAD PLAYERS


When the dead walk … you run! LIVING DEAD IN DENMARK is an action-adventure/horror sequel to William Shakespeare’s HAMLET. Set five years after the events of the original, the undead have risen to power and are trying to take over the world, led by the zombie lord and true king of Denmark. Fortinbras, assembling a formidable opposition, has resurrected the corpses of some of the greatest women that Shakespeare had to offer: Lady Macbeth, Juliet, and the very angry Ophelia. A clash of the undead titans ensues!

Production Info

Cast: 11 total (6 female, 5 male)
Full Length Dark Comedy (about 95 minutes)
Minimal Set Requirements
Period Costumes
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Press Quotes

“Remember the excitement of each new production from the Ridiculous Theatrical Company? The company would offer a riff on a classic, shot through with enough satire to stand on its own. Vampire Cowboys Theater Company is channeling that energy in LIVING DEAD IN DENMARK, the hilarious and witty new play by Qui Nguyen. Nguyen, like Charles Ludlam before him, knows his Shakespeare. Using HAMLET as a jumping-off point, Nguyen throws in martial arts, horror movies, pop songs, puppetry, and comic books. Eat your heart out, Ed Wood … A Backstage Critic’s Pick!” —Victor Gluck, Backstage

“Qui Nguyen’s comic book fantasia on Bardic themes takes characters from the main tragedies and throws them into an us-versus-zombies apocalyptic scenario, with enough rock-accompanied stage combat to keep an Elizabethan groundling satisfied. This gamely trashy treat is a perfect storm of theater―and horror―geek obsessions.” —David Cote, Time Out New York

About the Author


  • Qui Nguyen

    Qui Nguyen is a playwright, screenwriter, and Co-Founder of the Obie Award–winning Vampire Cowboys of NYC. His work, known for its innovative use of pop-culture, stage violence, puppetry, and multimedia, has been lauded as "Culturally Savvy Comedy" by The New York Times, "Infectious Fun" by Variety, and "Tour De Force Theatre" by Time Out New York. The Chicago Tribune praised him as a "refreshing, break-the-rules writer" as Time Out Chicago named his play SHE KILLS MONSTERS one of the 10 Best Plays of 2013. Scripts include WAR IS F**KING AWESOME; SHE KILLS MONSTERS (The Flea); KRUNK FU BATTLE BATTLE (East West Players); BIKE WRECK (Ensemble Studio Theatre); TRIAL BY WATER (Ma-Yi Theater); ALIENS VERSUS CHEERLEADERS (Keen Teens); SOUL SAMURAI; THE INEXPLICABLE REDEMPTION OF AGENT G (Ma-Yi Theater & Vampire Cowboys); LUSH VALLEY (HERE); and the critically acclaimed Vampire Cowboys productions of ALICE IN SLASHERLAND; FIGHT GIRL BATTLE WORLD; MEN OF STEEL; and LIVING DEAD IN DENMARK. His scripts are published by Samuel French, Playscripts, and Broadway Play Publishing. Recent honors include being a 2014 Sundance Institute/Time Warner Fellow; a 2014 McCarter/Sallie B. Goodman Fellow; a 2013 Sundance Theatre Lab Fellow; a recipient of a 2013 AATE Distinguished Play Award (She Kills Monsters); a 2012 TCG Young Leader of Color; and receiving 2012 & 2009 GLAAD Media Award nominations for his plays SHE KILLS MONSTERS and SOUL SAMURAI. He is a proud resident artist at New Dramatists, a core member of The Playwrights' Center, an alumnus of Youngblood, and a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Ma-Yi Writers Lab, and the Keen Company New Play Lab. His company, Vampire Cowboys, often credited for being the pioneers of "geek theatre," holds the unique distinction of being the first professional theatre organization to be officially sponsored by NY Comic Con. They've been praised by The Village Voice as "New York's Best Army of Geeks" and are currently in-residence at The New Ohio Theater and IRT.

About the Book

Book Information

Publisher BPPI
Publication Date 12/1/2008
Pages 74
ISBN 9798888560068

Special Notes

Special Notes

Licensees are required to include the original stage producers credits in the following form on the title page in all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play and in all advertising in which the full cast appears in size of type not less than ten percent (10%) of the size of the title of the Play:

Originally produced by Vampire Cowboys Theater Company, New York

The following must appear within all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play:
Living Dead in Denmark is produced
by special arrangement with Broadway Play Publishing Inc, NYC


Upcoming and Recent Productions


11/3/2022 – 11/7/2022
Centenary Stage Company
Hackettstown, NJ

5/12/2022 – 5/14/2022
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College Of Charleston
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9/3/2020 – 9/6/2020
Muskingum University
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10/20/2019 – 10/20/2019
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10/18/2019 – 10/26/2019
Pumphouse Players
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5/9/2019 – 5/11/2019
Solebury School
New Hope, PA

11/15/2018 – 11/18/2018
Centenary College Of Louisiana
Shreveport, LA

1/30/2018 – 2/4/2018
Lousiana Tech Theatre
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11/10/2016 – 11/19/2016
American High School
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10/12/2016 – 10/15/2016
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