Hamlet at Barbican Theatre tickets
Hamlet at Barbican Theatre tickets

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About the show

Lyndsey Turner directs Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role of Shakespeare's classic tragedy, Hamlet.

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 for

Lovers 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+

Dates and times

Running time:
Opened: 05 Aug 2015
Press night: 30 Nov -0001
Booking from: 01 Oct 2015
Booking until: 31 Oct 2015

Location and map

Barbican Theatre
Silk Street
London, EC2Y 8DS

26 Reviews Add review

ellehamilton 5'10", 7 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Due the length and heaviness of Hamlet I was unsure about walking into this production particularly with hype, however, I was blown... More

minverow 5”8, 16 reviews, 0 helpful votes

l enjoyed the play, I expected more, the acting was good the set was very nice.

sergioAraujo 192 reviews, 2 helpful votes

sayers500 178cm, 87 reviews, 2 helpful votes

There was an incredible air of anticipation in the auditorium while the audience waited for the production to start. The sets were... More

kimr 160 cm, 16 reviews, 0 helpful votes

The classic play told in a modern time, but with Benedict Cumberbatch it just makes it. It was a great portrayal and something completely... More

katierose 5"7, 67 reviews, 2 helpful votes

zschmik 5"8, 14 reviews, 0 helpful votes

georgebruv772 6"4, 120 reviews, 2 helpful votes

carollheveder1 1 review, 0 helpful votes