About the show
Running at the Barbican for a strictly limited season this production of Hamlet is the fastest selling show in history.
Often referred to as The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, Hamlet is just that; a tragedy. The plot centres on Prince Hamlet, who has recently lost his father, the former king. Now on the throne is his father's brother, Claudius, who has seized his sibling’s wife and Hamlet's mother, Gertrude, as his own queen.
Sickened by his mother's betrayal and spurred on by what Hamlet believes to be the ghost of his father, he conspires to murder Claudius. Unfortunately the king's trusted adviser, the somewhat ageing Polonius, overhears Hamlet's plan and reports him to the monarch as a madman. Meanwhile, Prince Fortinbras of Norway is seething with hate and bloodlust, looking to seek revenge on the Danes as payback for an attack in which his own father was killed.
Alongside Cumberbatch, the show stars Sian Brooke as Hamlet's love interest, Ophelia, Anastasia Hille as Gertrude, Ciarán Hinds as Claudius and Jim Norton as Polonius.
Turner's brand new production promises to approach the text in an entirely new and innovative way. The show contains music by John Hopkins, set design by Es Devlin, costume by Katrina Lindsay, movement by Sadi Larbi Cherkaoui, video by Luke Halls and sound by Christopher Shutt.
Recommended forLovers of Shakespeare may delight in the return of one of his best loved pieces of writing. That said, those who are less familiar or keen on his work may enjoy this brand new, brooding interpretation.
Age Recommendations: recommended for ages 12+