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Written between 1599 and 1601. The play, set in Denmark, recounts how Prince Hamlet exacts revenge on his uncle Claudius, who has murdered Hamlet's father, the King, and then taken the throne and married Gertrude, Hamlet's mother. The play vividly charts the course of real and feigned madness - from overwhelming grief to seething rage - and explores themes of treachery, revenge, incest, and moral corruption.Performers Maxine Peake (Hamlet), Claire Benedict (Player King), Gillian Bevan (Polonia), Jodie McNee (Rosencrantz), Barbara Marten (Gertrude), John Shrapnel (Claudius/Ghost), Katie West (Ophelia), Ashley Zhangazha (Laertes), Thomas Arnold, Michelle Butterly, Dean Gregory, Tachia Newall, Peter Singh, Ben Stott.
Author Shakespeare. Presented by Royal Exchange. Director Sarah Frankcom. Design Amanda Stoodley. Music Alex Baranowski. Director Imogen Knight (movement). Lighting Lee Curan. Director Imogen Knight (movement). Director Kevin McCurdy (fights).
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