Hamlet

Adapted by Kelly Hunter

 

An absolute triumph ★★★★★ London Theatre1

 

A tersely contemporary Hamlet, compressed into a claustrophobic 90 minutes of eloquent violence. Originally adapted to explore the transference of grief within families with Hamlet’s experience of a divided self  at the centre of our journey, this Hamlet has just six actors, a drum kit, a box of photographs and the skull of a dog. Kelly Hunter’s  adaptation makes the best known tragedy in world drama live and breathe for another generation.

First performed at the Gdansk Shakespeare Festival August 2015 and then at Mercury Theatre, Colchester April 2016, Craiova International Festival April 2016, Park Theatre, London April 2016, Corral de Comedias de Alcala, Spain June 2016, Neuss Globe Shakespeare Festival June 2016, Kronborg Castle, Elsinore Hamletscenen August 2016, Teatro Principal Antzokia Vitoria, Spain October 2016, Teatro Circa Murcia, Spain 2016, Trafalgar Studios, London 2016.

In July 2018 we revived the production with five actors at Gyula Shakespeare festival in Hungary at the only surviving brick castle in central Europe.

Cast and Creatives

Gyula Shakespeare Festival Hungary 2018

Tom Chapman - Hamlet
Stephen Kennedy  - Polonius/Gravedigger
Finlay Cormack - Laertes
Katy Stevens - Gertrude
Bathsheba Piepe  - Ophelia
Trafalgar Studios 2016

Mark Arends - Hamlet
David Fielder - Polonius/Gravedigger
Finlay Cormack - Laertes
Katy Stevens - Gertrude
Tom Mannion - Claudius
Francesca Zoutewelle - Ophelia
Antzokia Vitoria & Teatro Circo, Murcia 2016

Mark Arends - Hamlet
Stephen Beard - Polonius/Gravedigger
Finlay Cormack - Laertes
Imogen Daines - Ophelia
Miranda Foster - Gertrude
Sule Rimi - Claudius
Hamletscenen, Elsinore, Denmark 2016

Mark Arends - Hamlet
Stephen Beard - Polonius/Gravedigger
Finlay Cormack - Laertes
Kelly Hunter - Gertrude
Tom Mannion - Claudius
Francesca Zoutewelle - Ophelia
Clasicos en Alcala, Spain  & Neuss Globe, Germany  2016

Mark Arends - Hamlet
Stephen Beard - Polonius/Gravedigger
Finlay Cormack - Laertes
Kelly Hunter - Gertrude
Greg Hicks - Claudius
Francesca Zoutewelle - Ophelia
Mercury Theatre Colchester, Craiova Shakespeare Festival  & Park Theatre 2016

Stephen Beard - Polonius/Gravedigger
Finlay Cormack - Laertes
Kelly Hunter - Gertrude
Tom Mannion - Claudius
Mark Quartley - Hamlet
Francesca Zoutewelle - Ophelia
Gdansk Shakespeare Festival 2015

Finlay Cormack - Laertes
David Fielder - Polonius/Gravedigger
Greg Hicks - Claudius
Kelly Hunter - Gertrude
Mark Quartley - Hamlet
Francesca Zoutewelle - Ophelia

Director
Kelly Hunter

Lighting Designer
Tim Bray

Original Design
Anthony Lamble

Original Costume Supervisor
Kat Smith

Original Production Development
Emma Richards

Originally co-produced with English Touring Theatre.