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by William Shakespeare

Sat 13th and Tue 16th - Sat 20th March 2010 at 7.30pm in The Main House
Matinees: Sun 14th & Sat 20th at 2.30pm
After Dark Talk – Friday 19th March

The Crescent Theatre tackles one of the most well-known, well-respected plays in English Literature: Hamlet.

Beset with much notoriety, through study and production, Hamlet is a masterpiece that has infinite challenges in direction and performance. The director of this production, Alan Marshall, describes his feelings about directing it: “Terrified, exhilarated, very privileged, inspired.   There is so much in the play.   Every time I read it and hear it I find myself thinking ‘I've never noticed that before. How could I have missed that?

Hamlet is a blooming good yarn.  I often wonder what it must have been like to be in the early audiences who didn't know the story and didn't know what was coming next.   So I have tried to put in a few things that might surprise those who have seen the play many times before. I also wanted it to appeal to a younger audience so that they might see that Shakespeare is really pretty exciting.” (Read Alan's notes in full)

Peter Smith (right), who is playing Hamlet says “I feel privileged and honoured, as well as incredibly excited, tempered with mild trepidation, to be afforded the marvelous opportunity to play this most complex of human beings, along with a great sense of responsibility to be honest and fair in my portrayal of him.

This was one of the most exciting Crescent Theatre productions of 2010.

"Though this be madness, yet there is method in 't." (Hamlet, Act II, Scene II)

Don't miss Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Tom Stoppard's witty, poignant look at the fortunes of two of Hamlet's attendants, performed by the Crescent Youth Theatre 24th - 27th March.

Studying Hamlet at school? Look at BBC Resources - Bitesize Hamlet

Tickets: Tickets: £13.50 (Concessions £12.50)
Sunday Matinee: £5 (No Concessions)
Groups of 20 or more: £10.00

Shakespeare Lives Season

Hamlet links

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