In this insightful take on Shakespeare’s classic tragedy, Hamlet is tormented by conflicting desires, demands and doubts.
When he’s haunted by his dead father, things escalate quickly and Hamlet has to make an important decision: to be or not to be?
Brett Dean’s Hamlet hits the Tour
Shakespeare’s quintessential tragedy will be given new life in a rare world premiere in Festival 2017 before transferring straight to the Tour in autumn 2017.
Audiences will be able to see Composer Brett Dean and Librettist Matthew Jocelyn’s new commission of Hamlet at Glyndebourne, Canterbury, Norwich, Milton Keynes and Plymouth.
Brett Dean’s richly atmospheric and deeply dramatic music captures the essence and timelessness of Shakespeare’s story, in which Hamlet navigates a maze of love and madness, murder and revenge, on his quest for the truth.
Was it really his uncle Claudius who killed his father, the King of Denmark, to seize the dead king’s crown and wife?
The innovatively orchestrated score buoys Matthew Jocelyn’s libretto, which consists only of words and phrases written by or attributed to Shakespeare, to bring the tragedy to its inevitable conclusion.
See Hamlet at a venue near you
Canterbury, The Marlowe Theatre
Norwich, Theatre Royal
Milton Keynes Theatre
Plymouth, Theatre Royal
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Cast and creative team
Composer Brett Dean
Librettist Matthew Jocelyn
Conductor Duncan Ward
Director Neil Armfield
Fight Director Nick Hall
Claudius William Dazeley
Gertrude Louise Winter
Hamlet David Butt Philip
Polonius Jeffrey Lloyd-Roberts
Laertes Rupert Charlesworth
Ophelia Jennifer France
Rosencrantz Rupert Enticknap
Guildenstern James Hall
The Glyndebourne Tour Orchestra
The Glyndebourne Chorus
Music by kind permission of Boosey & Hawkes Publishers Ltd.
Glyndebourne 21 October 2017 Glyndebourne 24 October 2017 Glyndebourne 27 October 2017
Canterbury, The Marlowe Theatre 3 November 2017
Norwich, Theatre Royal 17 November 2017
Milton Keynes Theatre 24 November 2017
Plymouth, Theatre Royal 1 December 2017
Photo: Richard Hubert Smith