Maxine Peake hits the big screen across the country this month in our 2014 groundbreaking production HAMLET. Watch the trailer & get your tickets here!

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From its sell-out run at the Royal Exchange in September 2014 comes this unique and critically acclaimed production of Shakespeare’s tragic HAMLET. In this stripped-back, fresh and fast-paced version, BAFTA nominee Maxine Peake creates a Hamlet for now, giving a performance hailed as “delicately ferocious” by The Guardian and “a milestone Hamlet” by the Manchester Evening News.

'How much Shakespeare had you done before taking on the role?' Chris Wiegand asks Maxine Peake for The Guardian
I’d only played Ophelia before. I did sort of think: “What am I doing?” Maybe I should have done a few warm-up gigs first ... But I didn’t think of it as doing Shakespeare. I know that seems bizarre. I just wanted to do Hamlet. It’s a bit of a cliche but it’s that class thing, feeling like Shakespeare is not for you. But I never felt that the language would be difficult in Hamlet because of the way Sarah [Frankcom, the director] works. 
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HAMLET is Shakespeare’s most iconic work. The play explodes with big ideas and is the ultimate story of loyalty, love, betrayal, murder and madness. Hamlet’s father is dead and Denmark has crowned a new king. Consumed by grief, he struggles to exact revenge, with devastating consequences.

This ground-breaking stage production, directed by Sarah Frankcom, was the Royal Exchange’s fastest-selling show in a decade. Alongside Maxine Peake as the eponymous prince, a number of other roles, including Polonious and Rosencrantz, are also played by women. HAMLET is brought to cinemas by director Margaret Williams, whose Written on Skin for the Royal Opera House/BBC won the Gramophone Contemporary Award and the Diapason d’or, and producers Anne Beresford and Debbie Gray, the team behind the highly successful cinema broadcast of Peter Grimes on Aldeburgh Beach.

Visit www.maxinepeakeashamlet.co.uk for tickets & cinema listings. 


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