Critically acclaimed on stage, celebrated in cinemas - the on screen success of Maxine Peake as Hamlet continues! 

Screenings of the film version of the Royal Exchange Theatre’s sell-out production of HAMLET, with BAFTA-nominated actress Maxine Peake in the title role and directed by the Exchange’s Artistic Director Sarah Frankcom, have been watched by 34,831 people in 310 cinemas across the UK. Which came on the back of Maxine enthralling audiences during its sold out 7 week run last autumn. HAMLET was the Royal Exchange’s fastest selling show in a decade, with over 35,000 people seeing the production.

This unique production can now also be seen on Sky Arts on Monday 29 June at 8pm. Following this the film will be released on DVD in September this year, and can be pre-bought on Amazon here.

SarahFrankcomMay2015BW300pxSarah Frankcom commented: ‘Right from the beginning of this production, it felt like a thrilling opportunity to explore, excavate and interrogate something with Maxine Peake, the most fearless and most courageous actor that I’ve ever worked with.’

In the spring of 2015 the film version equally thrilled cinema goers with many venues adding additional screenings due to demand and popularity. In May it received a market screening at Cannes and was one of 50 British films selected to be shown as a part of the prestigious London Screenings which take place in June. The development of the film enabled as many people as possible to see this acclaimed production.

Fiona100pxBWThe Royal Exchange’s Executive Director Fiona Gasper commented;
‘It’s our desire to make the work we do here as accessible as we can, creating a film version of this sold-out production meant that as many people as possible could share in and celebrate the work created at the Exchange and in Manchester. It has proved to be incredibly popular and we’re thrilled that it is now being broadcast by Sky Arts creating another opportunity to be part of this compelling production.’

HamletPressThumb3HAMLET is brought to the screen by the Award-Winning film director Margaret Williams, whose work includes WRITTEN ON SKIN (Royal Opera House/BBC). It is produced by Anne Beresford of MJW PRODUCTIONS LTD and Debbie Gray of Genesius Pictures. This is the team behind the much-praised film version of Britten’s opera PETER GRIMES ON ALDEBURGH BEACH.

Margaret said, ‘Being able to shoot creatively with eight cameras ‘in the round’ enabled us to capture the spirit of the play and create a visceral and cinematic experience’

HamletPressThumb4The film version of HAMLET is supported by the Royal Exchange Theatre, Genesius Pictures, Quidem and the British Council. The Royal Exchange Theatre gratefully acknowledges the generosity of the following in the making of the film: Oglesby Charitable Trust, Old Trafford Consulting Limited, Martyn & Valerie Torevell and all those who supported the theatre’s recent Catalyst project, including public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

MAXINE PEAKE is currently an Associate Artist at the Royal Exchange Theatre. Her role draws on her considerable talents as one of the nation’s best-loved actors and also as a writer. Over the next year it will include opportunities for her to get involved in the theatre’s pioneering work with community groups and young people - and work with young actors from across the city.