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Hamlet’s father is unexpectedly dead. Returning home from university, he is shocked to discover that the funeral wake has rapidly turned into a celebration of his mother’s remarriage to the dead man’s brother.
Then one night, a visit from beyond the grave confirms Hamlet’s worst fears and sets him on a bloody path to madness, murder and revenge.
Brian Ferguson takes on the title role of the troubled Hamlet. Roberta Taylor - well known for her lead roles in The Bill and EastEnders and a regular performer at the Citizens during the 1980s – joins forces with her husband and stage and screen actor Peter Guinness to play Gertrude and Claudius.
Dominic Hill directs Shakespeare’s brutal and gripping tragedy of a family falling apart under the weight of suspicion, murder, infidelity and grief.
Sat 27 Sep, 11:45am - 12:45pm
A pre-matinee event with conversation, questions and lunch provided.
We have three schools workshops for Hamlet:
• Inside the Rehearsal Room,
• Inside The Play,
• Inside A Professional Technical Rehearsal
Find out more here.
One may smile, and smile, and be a villain
User Rating ★★★★★
Rated: (4/5), based on 5 ratings
Previews 19, 20, 23 Sep
Audio Described 1 Oct
Signed 3 Oct (BSL Interpreters - Yvonne Strain / Catherine King)
Captioned 4 Oct, 7.30pm
Guide Dogs welcome
Director - Dominic Hill
Design - Tom Piper
Lighting - Ben Ormerod
Sound - Nikola Kodjabashia
Assistant Director - Gareth Nicholls
Fight Director - Raymond Short
Adam Best - Laertes / Rosencrantz
Cliff Burnett - Polonius
Cameron Crighton - Guildenstern / Player Queen
Martin Donaghy - Horatio
Brian Ferguson - Hamlet
Peter Guinness - Claudius
Ben Onwukwe - Gravedigger / Ghost / Player King
Roberta Taylor - Gertrude
Meghan Tyler - Ophelia
“a version that simmers with an edgy intensity”
The Herald ★★★★
“a powerful rendition of a script often dulled by familiarity, allowing Hill to stand alongside his artistic ancestors as a bold, imaginative and careful director.”
The Stage ★★★★
The Guardian ★★★★
“as nail-biting and oppressive as the darkest noir thriller”
The Times ★★★★
“thrilling and fascinating…[Brian] Ferguson’s brave and ground-breaking central performance”
The Scotsman ★★★★
“by any measure, a world-class production”
“a phenomenal production”
TV Bomb ★★★★
“What I liked about the Citz roles was they broke the moulds” Brian Beacom speaks to Roberta Taylor about her history at The Citizens Theatre ahead of her performance in Hamlet. The Herald
“...cracking it [Hamlet] open has been mind-boggling, really, to get the opportunity to crawl around inside it has been incredible.” Neil Cooper speaks with Brian Ferguson about playing the title role in Hamlet. The Herald
”...having worked for 38 years in the business I would say my strongest work was done here.” Brian Beacom talks to Roberta Taylor about her career and the important role the Citizens Theatre played in it. Evening Times
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Find out more about the Deaf Theatre Club.
Our education department interview the cast and creative team of Hamlet, asking them real questions from pupils and teachers.
>Interview with a Director (Dominic Hill)
>Interview with a Deisgner (Tom Piper)