Royal Shakespeare Company announces 2018 tour of Hamlet

The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) has this morning announced a 2018 national tour of its acclaimed 2016 production of Hamlet, directed by Simon Godwin, and with RSC Associate Artist Paapa Essiedu reprising his award-winning performance in the title role.

The tour will travel to Salford, Plymouth, Hull, Newcastle upon Tyne and Northampton between January and March 2018, before transferring to London’s Hackney Empire between 6 and 31 March 2018.

RSC Executive Director, Catherine Mallyon, said:

“We are passionate about taking the productions we make in our home in Stratford-upon-Avon to theatres across the UK.  In 2018 we are glad that many people across the country will have the opportunity to see our work at their local theatre. As well as Hamlet, our acclaimed production of Matilda The Musical will also embark on its first UK and Ireland tour.  Look out for details of more 2018 touring later this summer.”

Director, Simon Godwin, said:

“I’m delighted that Hamlet will be touring in 2018.  Paapa Essiedu is British with Ghanaian heritage. When Paapa and I talked about the production, I realised how radical it might be to see Denmark through the lens of a completely different culture, a culture that Paapa himself had experienced.  I began to imagine a Denmark re-conceived as a modern state influenced by the ritual, traditions and beauty of west Africa.  So, our setting is full of the colour, emotional intensity and passion associated with that part of the world. 

As Hamlet, Paapa is intelligent, youthful and charismatic, with a contemporary wit.  But Paapa’s portrayal is also mercurial with an element of danger. Part ghost story, part family tragedy, part dark comedy, Hamlet is an urgent and gripping thriller.  I can’t wait to see how audiences respond to it around the country.”

For more information on tour dates, and to book tickets, please Click Here.

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