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HAMLET
11 September 14 - 25 October 14

ONLINE BOOKING
All transaction charges are now dropped. You will no longer be charged for booking online or for using a card. The only charge will be for postage (£1.00) - and you can choose to collect your tickets from the Box Office instead!

HAMLET
By William Shakespeare
Maxine Peake plays the title role in the ultimate play about murder and madness
Hamlet's father is dead and Denmark has crowned a new king. Consumed by grief, Hamlet struggles to exact revenge with devastating consequences.
Hamlet is Shakespeare's most iconic work. Exploding with big ideas, is it the ultimate play about loyalty, love, betrayal, murder and madness.

Every Hamlet is defined by the actor. In this stripped back, fresh and fast-paced version, Maxine Peake creates a Hamlet for now, a Hamlet for Manchester.

Maxine is reunited with director Sarah Frankcom  following the huge success of The Masque of Anarchy for the Manchester International Festival 2013, and her performance as Miss Julie at the Royal Exchange in 2012. Her many TV credits include Silk, The Village, Red Riding and Myra Hindley in See No Evil. She was recently BAFTA nominated for her performance in The Village and will be joining the Company as an Associate Artist this Autumn.

"Maxine started her acting career in our youth theatre. Her performances have thrilled our audiences and the Royal Exchange is her local theatre. Hamlet is a massively exciting challenge for any actor and director. I am certain Maxine will be a compelling and extraordinary Hamlet for our time." Sarah Frankcom, Director

Have Your Say

Hamlet Rehearsal Pictures
Hamlet Rehearsal Pictures
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HAMLET Resource Extra
HAMLET Resource Extra
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This resource has been written for use with Key Stage 4 and 5 Drama, Theatre Studies and English students, but many of the activities can be adapted for younger age groups. The activities aim to help students explore significant features of the rehearsal process and production.
 


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Trans Awareness Resource
Trans Awareness Resource
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This resource can be used in connection to the Royal Exchange’s 2014 production of HAMLET or as a standalone resource in PSHE. It has been created with Key Stage 3, 4 & 5 pupils in mind, but many of the activities could be adapted for use with younger age groups.

The purpose of this resource is to: Raise awareness about trans identities; Explore some key terms and uses of language around gender and sexual orientation; Begin to explore issues around equality.
 


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HAMLET Production Photos
HAMLET Production Photos
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Cast
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Thomas Arnold Claire BenedictGillian BevanMichelle ButterlyDean GregoryTachia NewallBarbara  MartenJodie McNeeMaxine  PeakeJohn ShrapnelPeter SinghBen StottKatie WestAshley Zhangazha
Director Sarah Frankcom
Designer Amanda Stoodley
Lighting Designer Lee Curran
Sound Designer Peter Rice
Composer Alex Baranowski
Movement Imogen Knight
PLEASE NOTE THERE IS NO WEDNESDAY MATINEE ON 22 OCTOBER  
 
Child Players: James Allen, Mya Diamonds, Khari Eubanks, Jeziel Hercules, Oscar Joyce-O’Keeffe, Evie Latham, James Prentice, Lara Procter, Imani Randall-Morgan, Jacob Richards, Lily-Blossom Tait, Bella Woodcock.
Young Players: Liam Arrowsmith, Abigale Bartley, Matt Boylan, Mekisha Brown, Tom Durrant, Roisin Howells, Natasha Hylton, Leyla Percival, Jason Ricketts.
 
Hamlet is now extremely busy. If it is not possible for you to book tickets online, please contact our Box Office on 0161 833 9833 as there may be returns or single tickets available.
 
34 Banquette tickets are also available for each performance, in person from our Box Office, from 10am each day. Please note that queues are starting for these tickets from around 8 – 8.30am each day, the sale of banquette tickets is limited to two per person in the queue. 

EVENT INFORMATION

VENUE
The Theatre

BOOK TICKETS
Box Office: 0161 833 9833 / online

TICKET PRICES
Standard tickets from £15
Half Price Previews from £7.50
Banquette tickets: £10
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PERFORMANCE DATES
Thursday 11 September - Saturday 25 October 2014

PERFORMANCE TIMES
Monday – Friday evenings: 7.30pm
Weekday matinees: 2.30pm
Saturdays: 2.30pm and 7.30pm
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(NB NO MATINEE ON WEDNESDAY 22 OCTOBER) 
 
RUNNING TIME
3 hours and 20 minutes (which includes 1 interval of 20 minutes)

ACCESSIBLE PERFORMANCES

AUDIO DESCRIBED PERFORMANCE
Saturday 11 October: 2.30pm

BSL INTERPRETED PERFORMANCE
Tuesday 14 October: 7.30pm

CAPTIONED PERFORMANCE
Thursday 9 October: 7.30pm

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RELATED EVENTS

AFTER SHOW DISCUSSION
Wednesday 8 October, after 7.30pm performance

BACK STAGE TOUR
Wednesday 17 September, 11.00am
£5 (including refreshments)
Book: 0161 833 9833

BEHIND THE SCENES
Tuesday 1 October: 10.30am - 12 noon SOLD OUT
Wednesday 8 October: 10.30am - 12 noon EXTRA DATE ADDED
Pre-show, talk-based introduction to the play.
Tickets: £6/£4 concessions
Book: 0161 615 6702

BETWEEN THE LINES
Wednesday 24 September: 11.00am - 1.00pm
Read, discuss or just listen as we explore the play.
Tickets: £6. Book: 0161 833 9833

CLOSE UP
Dave Haslam in conversation with Maxine Peake
Sunday 28 September: 5.00pm - 6.30pm
Tickets: £10 / £8. Book: 0161 833 9833 
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THE FEMALE HAMLET
A panel discussion with director Sarah Frankcom alongside leading theatre academics Tony Howard (author of Women as Hamlet; Performance and Interpretation in Theatre, Film and Fiction), and Maggie Gale, Chair in Drama at the University of Manchester.
The Theatre: Saturday 4 October, 12 noon - 1.00pm
FREE but ticketed. Book 0161 833 9833 / online

HAMLET UNDRESSED
A look behind the scenes at Manchester Royal Exchange Theatre's Hamlet, with Maxine Peake.
BBC Radio 4: Monday 13 October, 11am. Listen here.