BBC Four to broadcast Brett Dean’s Hamlet

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Brett Dean’s hit new opera of Hamlet will be televised on BBC Four on Sunday 22 October at 9.00pm. The opera’s world premiere was a highlight of Glyndebourne Festival 2017.

The broadcast offers another chance to see the critically-acclaimed production, directed by Neil Armfield with a stellar cast including Allan Clayton, Barbara Hannigan, Sarah Connolly and John Tomlinson.

Sebastian F. Schwarz, General Director of Glyndebourne, said: ‘Hosting the world premiere of Hamlet at this year’s Festival made for a truly memorable summer and it was thrilling to watch the opera take shape in the hands of an exceptionally talented group of artists and performers. I’m delighted that this BBC Four broadcast will give yet more people the chance to see this exciting new opera.’

The production is also being revived for Glyndebourne Tour 2017 with a new cast. Following three performances at Glyndebourne, it can be seen in Canterbury, Norwich, Milton Keynes and Plymouth between October and December.

Glyndebourne Festival 2017 ran from 20 May to 27 August and opened with the UK premiere of the little known Cavalli opera Hipermestra, a live recording of which will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on 23 September. The third new production of the season was a much-admired staging of Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito from the prolific German director Claus Guth, also given a semi-staged performance at the BBC Proms.

Around 95,000 people visited the Festival in person over the summer and three productions were broadcast in cinemas and for free online, reaching many thousands more people.