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 Paapa Essiedu (Hamlet), Kevin N Golding (Bernardo/Priest/Player King), Tracy-Anne Green (Player 1/Francisca/Gravedigger's Assistant), Maureen Hibbert (Player Queen), Whitney Kehinde (Cornelia/Player 2), Byron Mondahl (Professor of Wittenberg/English Ambassador), Joseph Mydell (Polonius), Mimi Ndiweni (Ophelia), Esther Niles (Osric/Sailor), John Omole (Voltemand), Clarence Smith (Claudius), Buom Tihngang (Laertes), Ewart James Walters (Ghost/Gravedigger), Eleanor Wyld (Guildenstern), Romayne Andrews (Rosencrantz), Lorna Brown (Gertrude), James Cooney (Horatio), Patrick Elue (Fortinbras/Marcellus/Lucianus).
Author Shakespeare. Company Royal Shakespeare Company. Director Simon Godwin. Design Paul Wills. Lighting Paul Anderson. Sound Christopher Shutt. Music Sola Akingbola. Director Mbulelo Ndabeni (movement director).