Hamlet – Trapped between enlightenment and downfall
In August 2017 this year’s Shakespeare Festival will start with a bang, when HamletScenen’s first international, in-house co-production of Shakespeare’s immortal classic, Hamlet receives its first performance in a brand new staging. The production stars Cyron Melville in the title role with Natalie Madueño as Ophelia. Vivienne McKee plays the role of Hamlet’s mother, Gertrude, and Mike Sheridan will compose the original score for Hamlet.
The clash between the new and the old world is raging. Brutal traditions are facing the challenge of knowledge and education, and hierarchies are on the point of toppling, when the ideological, impassioned exchange student, Hamlet returns home from the University of Wittenberg to attend his father’s funeral in Kronborg.
Life goes on as usual at Kronborg – but not for Hamlet. Something inside him has changed. He is excited by new educational ideals and the idea of a modern, responsible human being. But in the castle of his childhood the ancient order prevails: an eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth. Can Crown Prince Hamlet break free of the bloody shackles of tradition and lead his kingdom into a new, more enlightened era? Or is he pre-doomed to fail in his ambitions of enlightenment?
Opening night: Tuesday 1 August 2017 8.00 pm
Performance dates: Wednesday 2 August – Saturday 19 August 2017 at 8.00 pm (with the exception of Mondays 7 and 14 August)
Producer: HamletScenen and London Toast Theatre
Director: Lars Romann Engel
Cast: Cyron Melville, Natalie Madueño, Vivienne McKee, Richard Clothier, Chris Myles, Dominic Tighe, Oliver Alvin-Wilson, Jack Johns, Brett Brown.
Composer: Mike Sheridan
Set and costume designer: Catia Hauberg Engel
Light designer: Mårten K. Axelsson
Language: English with Danish surtitles
Running time: 2 hours, 20 minutes including interval
Recommended age group: from 12 years and up
The performance is sponsored by Beckett-Fonden.