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 Benedict Cumberbatch (Hamlet), Barry Aird (Soldier), Eddie Arnold (Danish Captain/Servant), Leo Bill (Horatio), Sian Brooke (Ophelia), Nigel Carrington (Servant/Cornelius), Ruairi Conaghan (Player King), Rudi Dharmalingam (Guildenstern), Colin Haigh (Priest/Messenger), Paul Ham (Official), Diveen Henry (Player Queen/Messenger), Anastasia Hille (Gertrude), Ciaran Hinds (Claudius), Kobnna Holdbrook-Smith (Laertes), Karl Johnson (Ghost of Hamlet's father), Jim Norton (Polonius), Amaka Okafor (Official), Dan Parr (Barnardo), Jan Shepherd (Courtier), Morag Siller (Voltemand), Matthew Steer (Rosencrantz), Sergo Vares (Fortinbras), Dwane Walcott (Marcellus).
Author Shakespeare. Producer Sonia Friedman Productions. Presented by The Barbican. Director Lyndsey Turner. Design Es Devlin. Costume Katrina Lindsay. Design Luke Halls (video). Lighting Jane Cox. Music Jon Hopkins. Sound Chris Shutt. Director Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui (movement).