Important Info: Latecomers will not be admitted until the first interval. This production features gun shots, strobe and flickering lighting.
Early in 2017 audiences at the Almeida Theatre were treated to this new production of a Shakespearean classic as television’s Andrew Scott took on the role of the famous Danish Prince Hamlet under the direction of Robert Icke. The response, as one might expect with such talent at work, was stellar, with critics and audiences heaping praise and flocking to see the show unfold.
With that in mind it was inevitable that the West End would get a look-in, so it’s no surprise that Hamlet will run at the Harold Pinter Theatre during the summer, with Scott reprising the title role and Shakespeare’s classic returning to Theatreland in a new form.
This century has seen many well known names take on the lead role, from David Tennant to Benedict Cumberbatch, but now it is the turn of the latter’s Sherlock co-star Scott to take audiences on a bloody tale of revenge, updated to the modern day.
When Hamlet is visited by the ghost of his father, the King, and informed about the latter’s murder at the hands of Claudius, the world’s best known tragedy unfolds as revenge becomes the ticket of the day. Robert Icke’s production takes the Shakespearean original and gives it a modern-day sheen, with some imaginative sets and interpretations, making for an unforgettable experience even for those who know Hamlet inside and out.
But then we would expect no less from Robert Icke, whose career has included some great adaptations of existing work, including the recent production of 1984 that has been seen at the Almeida, in the West End and around the world. His credits include Mary Stuart at the Almeida Theatre and The Red Barn at the National Theatre, amongst others.
For Hamlet, however, he casts a wealth of talented and familiar actors, with Sherlock’s Andrew Scott portraying the title role following parts in Birdland at the Royal Court and Bond film Spectre. He stars alongside Angus Wright as Claudius, Jessica Brown Findlay, Joshua Higgott, Juliet Stevenson, Marty Cruickshank, Calum Finlay, Daniel Rabin, David Rintoul, Luke Thompson, Peter Wright and Matthew Wynn.
Robert Icke’s adaptation of Hamlet runs at the Harold Pinter Theatre in London’s West End from Thursday 15th June 2017 (previews from Friday 9th June 2017).
|Booking From:||Tuesday, 4th July 2017|
|Booking Until:||Saturday, 2nd September 2017|
|Running Time:||3 hours 45 minutes (including two intervals)|
|Important Info:||Latecomers will not be admitted until the first interval. This production features gun shots, strobe and flickering lighting.|
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