In 1999, Independent Theatre produced HAMLET with the talented Nick Opolski as a brilliant central character. Fifteen years on, director Rob Croser is revisiting this most famous of plays – this time with a very young Hamlet.

Rob says : “I’ve always been fascinated with the idea that Hamlet is a student – and that all of his reactions and uncertainties seem to be those of a very young man – not the thirty-year-old suggested by a couple of lines in the Fifth Act.”

This time, Rob has chosen not to focus on the international politics of the play – the struggle between Denmark and Norway – but rather on the personal and domestic tragedy of this young prince and his family, which ends with the destruction of two entire families. Rob explains that “the basis of the story is of a young prince happily studying philosophy in Germany, suddenly called home to Denmark to attend his father’s funeral, only to discover that he is not the new king – his hated uncle is – and that his recently widowed mother has married his uncle. It would be enough to drive any young person to the brink of madness.”

In keeping with the student theme HAMLET features a large cast, with many of Adelaide’s finest young actors.

April 8 – 16
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