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24 September–2 October 2021

Ordered to kill. Tempted to resist. Live or die.

This critically acclaimed production of one of Shakespeare’s most iconic and tragic works, originally programmed for Bell Shakespeare’s 30th anniversary season in 2020, returns to theatres in 2021. Inside the glamorous court of Denmark in the 1960s, a family is torn apart by murder and betrayal. Outside, a country is threatened by Norway. And at the centre of this struggle is a man brimming with anguish. Hamlet is a portrait of a young man struggling with the death of his father, his mother’s hasty remarriage to his uncle, and the vision of his father’s ghost looming in his mind’s eye. A story of revenge, passion and deception, this is a Hamlet for our time. Featuring Harriet Gordon-Anderson as a young man experiencing grief in its most complex and profound state, this is Hamlet told through the lens of pain, loss and betrayal. This is the world of politics, where human desire for retribution quickly becomes a burden to struggle against. Set against a classically timeless backdrop where family cannot be trusted, friendships turn adversarial and the ghost of his father pushes Hamlet’s entire world to its brink. Production Patron: The Low Family Foundation

Season Partner: La Trobe Financial

★★★★½ “This is what Shakespeare should be – Sydney Morning Herald

“An unmissable triumph” – The Australian

Show details:

Synopsis

24 September–2 October 2021

Ordered to kill. Tempted to resist. Live or die.

This critically acclaimed production of one of Shakespeare’s most iconic and tragic works, originally programmed for Bell Shakespeare’s 30th anniversary season in 2020, returns to theatres in 2021.

Inside the glamorous court of Denmark in the 1960s, a family is torn apart by murder and betrayal. Outside, a country is threatened by Norway. And at the centre of this struggle is a man brimming with anguish.

Hamlet is a portrait of a young man struggling with the death of his father, his mother’s hasty remarriage to his uncle, and the vision of his father’s ghost looming in his mind’s eye. A story of revenge, passion and deception, this is a Hamlet for our time.

Featuring Harriet Gordon-Anderson as a young man experiencing grief in its most complex and profound state, this is Hamlet told through the lens of pain, loss and betrayal.

This is the world of politics, where human desire for retribution quickly becomes a burden to struggle against. Set against a classically timeless backdrop where family cannot be trusted, friendships turn adversarial and the ghost of his father pushes Hamlet’s entire world to its brink.

Production Patron: The Low Family Foundation

Season Partner: La Trobe Financial

★★★★½
“This is what Shakespeare should be – Sydney Morning Herald

“An unmissable triumph” – The Australian

Ticketing Information

Please note, tickets for this event will not be issued immediately. Tickets will be sent closer to the performance date.

Dates

Friday 24 September, 7pm

Saturday 25 September, 1pm & 7pm

Sunday 26 September, 4pm

Tuesday 28 September, 6.30pm

Wednesday 29 September, 1pm & 6.30pm

Thursday 30 September, 7pm

Friday 1 October, 7pm

Saturday 2 October, 1pm & 7pm

Credits

Director Peter Evans

Designer Anna Tregloan

Lighting Designer Benjamin Cisterne

Composer & Sound Designer Max Lyandvert

Video Designer Laura Turner

Movement & Fight Director Nigel Poulton

Voice & Text Coach Jess Chambers

Dramaturg James Evans

 

Cast

Hamlet  Harriet Gordon-Anderson

Gertrude  Lucy Bell

Rosencrantz  Jeremi Campese

Ghost / Player King  Tony Cogin

Laertes  Jack Crumlin

Horatio  James Evans

Claudius  James Lugton

Guildenstern  Jane Mahady

Polonius  Robert Menzies

Player Queen  Melissa Kahraman

Ophelia  Rose Riley

Details

PRESENTED BY:
Bell Shakespeare

CATEGORY:
Theatre

DURATION:
Approximately 190 minutes, including interval.

WARNINGS:
TBC

SUIT CHILDREN?:
TBC

VENUE:
The Playhouse
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Seating Plan

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Seating
At Canberra Theatre Centre, safety is our priority. We operate in accordance with our COVID Safety Plan.

Our theatre will be operating at 100% capacity and our regular seating configuration is in place in the auditorium. You will be sitting next to other patrons in the theatre.

Please remain in your allocated seat during the performance.

Please move through the foyers and open spaces with physical distancing considerations in mind.

 

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