• Details

    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.

    Insider talk
    Hamlet – creating a world premiere, Thursday 6 July.

    Pre-performance talk
    Join us for a bite-sized overview of the opera from a musical expert on Sunday 11 June.

    How to book

    Hamlet is generously supported by The Monument Trust

    World premiere supported by a Syndicate of Individuals

  • Cast and creative team

    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

    Cast includes

    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