Hamlet, Almeida Theatre
Get ready to book: Robert Icke directs Andrew Scott and Juliet Stevenson the Almeida's Hamlet — the theatre highlight of 2017
The full casting is yet to be announced, but with Sherlock star turned Bond villain Andrew Scott playing Hamlet opposite stage stalwart Juliet Stevenson as Gertrude, it's not short of star power.
Barely a year goes by without a star-studded production of Hamlet; Jude Law, Ben Whishaw, David Tennant, Rory Kinnear and Benedict Cumberbatch have all wrestled over 'to be or not to be' in recent years.
But expect something drastically different from Icke's version of the tragegy. This is the director who made a Greek epic feel like it was unfolding anew and gave Chekov a contemporary revolving stage, so there's no way he's going to put on a straight, faithful revival.
Emphasis seems to be on the conflict that torments the young prince, as the production is described in stark binary terms:
ghost / devil
acting / madness
be / not be
Icke has been vocal about his dislike of 'museum theatre'; the multi-award winning director's vision is wrapped up with making contemporary audiences feel culpable. With its existential themes and murky familial ties, Hamlet offers rich material for reinterpretation. We just wonder how Shakespeare's verse will fit in.
Public booking for Hamlet at the Almeida Theatre opens at 10am on Thursday 8 September 2016
|What||Hamlet, Almeida Theatre|
Almeida Street, Islington, London, N1 1TA
|Nearest tube||Highbury & Islington (underground)|
17 Feb 2017 – 08 Apr 2017, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
|Price||£10 - £48|
|Website||Click here to book via the Almeida Theatre|