The ultimate play about loyalty, love, betrayal, 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 it is 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 most recently BAFTA nominated for her performance THE VILLAGE. She 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
This text of Hamlet was created for the 2009 production starring Jude Law and directed by Michael Grandage which played London and New York.
The cast also includes...
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.
Monday – Saturday evenings: 7:30pm / Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday matinees: 2:30pm
Standard tickets from £15.00 / Banquette tickets: £10. Full details [link to ticket prices page]
3 hours 20 minutes (which includes 1 interval of 20 minutes)
0161 833 9833
DIRECTOR Sarah Frankcom
DESIGNER Amanda Stoodley
LIGHTING Lee Curran
SOUND Peter Rice
COMPOSER Alex Baranowski
MOVEMENT DIRECTOR Imogen Knight
FIGHTS Kevin McCurdy
VOICE & TEXT COACH Assistant Director
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR Bryony Shanahan
AFTER SHOW DISCUSSION
Wednesday 8 October after 7:30pm performance. Free - no booking needed.
BACK STAGE TOUR
Wednesday 17 September, 11:00am. Tickets £5. More information and book tickets.
BETWEEN THE LINES
Play-reading and discussion group. For everyone over 18. Come along and read, discuss or just listen. Wednesday 24 September, 11:00am - 1:00pm. Tickets £6. Book on 0161 833 9833.
BEHIND THE SCENES
Pre-show introduction to the play and production. For all ages. Tuesday 1 October and Wednesday 8 October, 10:30am - 12 noon. Tickets £6/£4 concessions. Book on 0161 615 6702.
Dave Haslam in conversation with Maxine Peake. Sunday 28 September, 5:00pm - 6:30pm. Tickets £10 / £8. Book on 0161 833 9833.
THE FEMALE HAMLET
A panel discussion with director Sarah Frankcom alongside leading theatre academics Tony Howard (author of Women as Hamlet; Performance and Interpratation in Theatre, Film and Fiction), and Maggie Gale, Chair in Drama at the University of Manchester. Saturday 4 October, 12 noon - 1:00pm. Free but ticketed. Book on 0161 833 9833.
BBC Radio 4 take a look behind the scenes of HAMLET with Maxine Peake. Monday 13 October, 11.00am. Listen here.
AUDIO DESCRIBED PERFORMANCE
Saturday 11 October, 2:30pm
BSL INTERPRETED PERFORMANCE
Tuesday 14 October, 7:30pm
Thursday 9 October, 7:30pm
Player King / Marcella
Reynaldo/ Priest/ Francisco
Rosencrantz/ Second Gravedigger
Osric/ Second Player/ Barnardo