Following a sold-out run at the Almeida Theatre earlier this year, Robert Icke’s new production of Hamlet comes to London’s West End for a strictly limited season. BAFTA and Olivier Award winner Andrew Scott takes on the title role and is joined by Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey) as Ophelia. The creative team behind 1984 and Oresteia reunite to bring Shakepeare’s revered play to a more contemporary light in this new staging.
Andrew Scott (Sherlock, Birdland, Cock, Pride) plays Hamlet alongside the Ophelia of Jessica Brown Findlay. Juliet Stevenson plays the role of Gertrude for the first four weeks of the production. Also starring Barry Aird, Elliot Barnes-Worrell, Marty Cruickshank, Calum Finlay, Joshua Higgott, Amaka Okafor, Daniel Rabin, David Rintoul, Luke Thompson, Peter Wight, Angus Wright and Matthew Wynn.
With the country preparing for war, the royal family is falling apart. Visited by the ghost of his recently deceased father, the King, who claims that it was his own brother that murdered him, Prince Hamlet sets out to avenge his father’s death. But the task threatens to destroy the security of the country as well as the sanity of the young Prince.
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Latecomers will not be admitted until the first interval. This production features gun shots, strobe and flickering lighting.
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(3mins) Take Coventry Street up to Oxendon Road; the theatre is 100 metres along on the right.