Be part of a major new operatic work – join us for the world premiere of Brett Dean’s new opera based on Shakespeare’s best-known tragedy.
Best availability on 13 June and 27 June.
To celebrate the world premiere of Hamlet, everyone who books by 1 May will be entered into a prize draw to win a painting of their visit by acclaimed artist Julian Sutherland-Beatson.
Find out more here.
A story of betrayal, revenge and madness
To be, or not to be. This is Hamlet’s dilemma, and the essence of Shakespeare’s most famous and arguably greatest work, given new life in operatic form in this original Glyndebourne commission.
Thoughts of murder and revenge drive Hamlet when he learns that it was his uncle Claudius who killed his father, the King of Denmark, then seized his father’s crown and wife.
But Hamlet’s vengeance vies with the question: is suicide a morally valid deed in an unbearably painful world?
‘The themes of life and death, love and betrayal have opera written all over them.’
—Brett Dean, Composer
Shakespeare’s Hamlet reconfigured for a world premiere
Dean’s colourful, energetic, witty and richly lyrical music expertly captures the modernity of Shakespeare’s timeless tale, while also exploiting the traditional operatic elements of arias, ensembles and choruses.
Matthew Jocelyn’s inspired libretto is pure Shakespeare, adhering to the Bard’s narrative thread but abridging, reconfiguring and interweaving it into motifs that highlight the main dramatic themes: death, madness, the impossibility of certainty and the complexities of action.
Sung in English with English supertitles
You can see Hamlet live in cinemas on Thursday 6 July.
Enrich your experience
Win a timeless record of your Glyndebourne experience
To celebrate the world premiere, every Hamlet ticket booker will be entered into a prize draw to win a painting of their visit by acclaimed artist Julian Sutherland-Beatson. Full details here.
Hamlet – creating a world premiere, Thursday 6 July.
Join us for a bite-sized overview of the opera from a musical expert on Sunday 11 June.
Hamlet is generously supported by The Monument Trust
World premiere supported by a Syndicate of Individuals
Cast and creative team
Composer Brett Dean
Librettist Matthew Jocelyn
Conductor Vladimir Jurowski
Director Neil Armfield
Set Designer Ralph Myers
Costume Designer Alice Babidge
Movement Director Denni Sayers
Lighting Designer Jon Clark
Hamlet Allan Clayton
Gertrude Sarah Connolly
Ophelia Barbara Hannigan
Claudius Rod Gilfry
Polonius Kim Begley
Ghost of Old Hamlet John Tomlinson
Horatio Jacques Imbrailo
Laertes David Butt Philip
Rosencrantz Rupert Enticknap
Guildenstern Christopher Lowrey / Patrick Terry (17 June)
London Philharmonic Orchestra
The Glyndebourne Chorus
By kind permission of Boosey & Hawkes Publishers Ltd.
Dates and times
Date Start Long interval Finish Price band Sun 11 June 4.45pm 6.25pm 8.45pm 4 Tue 13 June 5.40pm 7.20pm 9.40pm 4 Sat 17 June 5.40pm 7.20pm 9.40pm 4 Wed 21 June 5.00pm 6.40pm 9.00pm 4 Sat 24 June 5.00pm 6.40pm 9.00pm 4 Tue 27 June 5.40pm 7.20pm 9.40pm 4 Fri 30 June 5.40pm 7.20pm 9.40pm 4
Date Start Long interval Finish Price band Thu 6 July 5.00pm 6.40pm 9.00pm 4
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