Bard’s longest play is on tour

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Nicholas Hytner’s acclaimed production of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, with the original National Theatre cast led by Rory Kinnear, will visit Nottingham on tour following its sell-out run at the Olivier Theatre.

Hamlet is regarded as one of the most renowned and illustrious plays in the English canon.

Shakespeare’s longest play, it is widely viewed as being among the most powerful and influential tragedies in the English language.

During Shakespeare’s lifetime, Hamlet was one of his most popular works, and it still ranks high among his most-performed, topping the Royal Shakespeare Company’s list since 1879.

The play tells the story of Hamlet, the Prince of Denmark, who sees his father’s ghost.

Tormented with loathing and consumed by grief, he must avenge his father’s murder, his uncle Claudius.

But what the Prince cannot foresee is the destruction that ensues.

The play vividly portrays real and feigned madness, from overwhelming grief to seething rage, and explores themes of treachery, revenge, incest, and moral corruption.

In this acclaimed production Rory Kinnear plays Hamlet, with Clare Higgins as Gertrude, Patrick Malahide as Claudius, David Calder as Polonius, James Laurenson as the Ghost/Player King and Ruth Negga as Ophelia.

The production is directed by Nicholas Hytner and designed by Vicki Mortimer, with lighting by Jon Clark, fight direction by Kate Waters, music by Alex Baranowski and sound by Paul Groothuis.

Rory Kinnear’s previous celebrated performances at the National include Burnt by the Sun, The Revenger’s Tragedy, Philistines and The Man of Mode – which won him a Laurence Olivier Award.

Among his screen credits are Quantum of Solace, Mansfield Park, Cranford, The Thick of It and The First Men in the Moon.

Since he became Director of the National Theatre in April 2003, Nicholas Hytner has directed an array of shows including Henry V, The History Boys, Stuff Happens, Henry IV, The Rose Tattoo and Much Ado About Nothing.

Hamlet will be at The Theatre Royal, Nottingham from Tuesday 15th to Saturday 19th February.

Evening performances start at 7pm, with matinees on Wednesday and Saturday at 1.30pm

Tickets, priced at £29.50 to £12 with concessions available, are available from the Box Office on 0115 989 5555

For more details about the production and online booking visit the Theatre Royal website at