• Details

    Watch Brett Dean’s brand new opera Hamlet, recorded live on Thursday 6 July, here on demand, for free, for seven days, until 11.59pm on Thursday 13 July.

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    Running order

    Introduction with Katie Derham: 00.00.00 – 00.10.12
    Act I start: 00.10.12
    Act I end: 01.50.00
    Interval: 01.50.00 – 02.20.18
    Introduction to Act II: 02.20.18
    Act II start: 02.33.40
    Act II end: 03.33.08
    Curtain calls and end credits: 03.33.08 – 03.40.51

    Brett Dean’s colourful, energetic, witty and richly lyrical music expertly captures the modernity of this timeless tale, while Matthew Jocelyn’s libretto is pure Shakespeare.

    A cast of some of the finest singing actors of the moment will bring Hamlet to life. British tenor and Glyndebourne favourite Allan Clayton will play Hamlet. British mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly will play Gertrude and Canadian soprano Barbara Hannigan will make her Glyndebourne debut as Ophelia. Legendary British bass John Tomlinson plays The Ghost of Old Hamlet.

    Hamlet will be conducted by Vladimir Jurowski, Glyndebourne’s former Music Director.

    Neil Armfield has directed numerous productions for Opera Australia, including their first full-length presentation of The Ring Cycle. He is the director of the acclaimed films Candy and Holding the Man.

    Sung in English with English supertitles

    Watch online

    You can also watch Hamlet online, right here on this page and on telegraph.co.uk. The stream will be available to watch for one week.


    Where can you see this opera online?

    1. On this page
    2. On telegraph.co.uk

    How can you join in?

    Join the conversation and be part of the experience by following @Glyndebourne and the hashtag #HamletOpera

    How long is the video available for?

    After the live† stream the opera will be available to watch here on demand until 11.59pm on Thursday 13 July.

    What is the next opera you can see online?

    Our new production of La clemenza di Tito will streamed live† on Thursday 3 August and be available to watch on demand until Thursday 10 August.

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    I don’t have Festival 2017 tickets yet – can I still get them?

    Yes, there’s still time, check out our best availability guide for more information.

    Watch in cinemas

    Thursday 6 July
    LIVE† at 6.00pm

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    †Please note that due to the 90-minute interval at Glyndebourne and the need to shorten the interval for cinema and online audiences a delay of approximately an hour is built into broadcasting the first half, which is made up in the second half.

  • 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

    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
    Rosencrantz Rupert Enticknap
    Guildenstern Christopher Lowrey

    London Philharmonic Orchestra
    The Glyndebourne Chorus