11 September 14 - 18 October 14
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