The Royal Shakespeare Company has picked Hamlet up from Denmark and is bringing him to Salford via Stratford-upon-Avon. After a successful run at their home in Stratford, the RSC will take Shakespeare’s longest play on a national tour, starting at the Lowry in January 2018. Rising star Paapa Essiedu will continue as the Prince of Denmark, in a role that won him an award for Best Performance in a Play at the UK Theatre Awards in 2016, and which saw him described as ‘a blazing new star standing at the heart of an intelligent and engrossing production’. Director Simon Goodwin’s reimagining of Hamlet has seen him create a Denmark influenced by West African heritage and the ‘ritual, traditions and beauty’ of the area. Whilst most modern Shakespeare productions are updated for contemporary audiences in some respect, this Hamlet is aiming to place itself firmly as a modern, multi-cultural retelling of one of Britain’s most famous and influential plays

Fri 26 Jan – Sat 3 Feb 2018, The Lowry, Pier 8, Salford Quays, Salford, M50 3AZ. Tel: 0843 208 6000, 7pm (Wed & Sat 1.30pm), £15.50 – £25.50

Fri 26 Jan - Sat 3 Feb
Joe Daly
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Fri 26 Jan 2018