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    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, Woking, 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.

    Booking dates for Tour 2017 (Glyndebourne performances)

    Tour members are eligible for priority booking for Glyndebourne performances until 5 June. Find out how to access priority booking.

    24 April 2017
    Ballot deadline for Tour Members (Glyndebourne performances only)

    5 June 2017
    Public booking opens (Glyndebourne performances only)

    See Hamlet at a venue near you

    21-27 October

    3 November
    Canterbury, The Marlowe Theatre
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    17 November
    Norwich, Theatre Royal
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    24 November
    Milton Keynes Theatre
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    1 December
    Plymouth, Theatre Royal
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  • Cast and creative team

    Creative team

    Composer Brett Dean
    Librettist Matthew Jocelyn
    Conductor Duncan Ward
    Director Neil Armfield

    Cast includes

    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.

  • Dates


    Glyndebourne 21 October 2017
    Glyndebourne 24 October 2017
    Glyndebourne 27 October 2017


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    Canterbury, The Marlowe Theatre 3 November 2017


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    Norwich, Theatre Royal 17 November 2017

    Milton Keynes

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    Milton Keynes Theatre 24 November 2017


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    Plymouth, Theatre Royal 1 December 2017
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