Hamlet 1990 - 1991

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Night-time on the battlements of Elsinore Castle. The ghost of old king Hamlet appears before the guardsmen. Hamlet’s uncle, Claudius, has married Hamlet’s widowed mother, the ‘most seeming-virtuous queen,’ Gertrude. Claudius is now king of Denmark. The ghost tells Hamlet that he is his father’s spirit, and is ‘doom’d for a certain term to walk the night,’ until his son can avenge his ‘foul and most unnatural murder.’

 

Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.

 

Perhaps Shakespeare’s greatest play, and described by Laurence Olivier as ‘the tragedy of a man who could not make up his mind,’ Hamlet encapsulates the vast literary themes of mortality, corruption and revenge.  With some of the most famous lines in the English language, Hamlet tells of a young prince who is tortured by his father’s death and his own inability to be moved into action, and charts his dangerous voyage of murder and madness in the corrupt court ruled by his murderous uncle…

 

Produced by Cheek by Jowl. The first performance of Hamlet was at the Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds on 4th September 1990.

Venue City Country Date No. of Performances
Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds UK 04/09//90 5
Townsgate Theatre Basildon UK 11/09/90 5
Arts Theatre Cambridge UK 18/09/90 5
Globe Theatre Tokyo Japan 27/09/90 10
Fumin Hall Kyoto Japan 10/10/90 2
Theatre Royal Winchester UK 16/10/90 5
Wilde Theatre Bracknell UK 23/10/90 5
Arts Centre Warwick UK 30/10/90 5
Brewhouse Theatre Taunton UK 06/11/90 5
Arts Centre Horsham UK 13/11/90 5
Lyric Theatre London UK 19/11/90 25
Ex Royal Theatre Thessaloniki Greece 12/01/91 3
Athens College Theatre Athens Greece 18/01/91 3
Lee Theatre Hong Kong Hong Kong 27/01/91 5
Cast
Malcolm ScatesBarnado / Guildernstern / Priest
Peter MoretonFrancisco / Reynalso / Player Queen / Fortinbras
Patrick MillerMarcellus / Rosencrantz
Duncan DuffHoratio
Daniel ThorndikeHamlet's Ghost / Player King / 2nd Gravedigger
Scott CherryClaudius
Jason MorellVoltemand / Captain / Messenger / Osric
Peter de JersyLaertes
Peter NeedhamPolonius / 1st Gravedigger
Timothy WalkerHamlet
Natasha ParryGertrude
Cathryn BradshawOphelia

Creatives
DirectorDeclan Donnellan
DesignerNick Ormerod
Composer / Musical DirectorPaddy Cunneen
Movement DirectorJane Gibson
Lighting DesignersJudith Greenwood & Nick Fisher
Fight DirectorJohn Waller
Company Stage ManagerLouise Yeomans
Deputy Stage ManagerMartin Lloyd Evans
Assistant Stage ManagerPaul Clay
Wardrobe ManagerBlossom Beale
Wardrobe SupervisorAngie Burns

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