Bell Shakespeare will revive their popular 2020 production of Hamlet for their third season of 2021. The production, which received rave reviews before closing only one-and-a-half weeks after opening due to the COVID-19 lockdown in Sydney, will see the return of Harriet Gordon-Anderson as Hamlet, opening at the Sydney Opera House (7 August – 4 September), before travelling for the first time to Arts Centre Melbourne (9 – 19 September) and Canberra Theatre Centre (24 September – 2 October).
Directed by Bell Shakespeare Artistic Director Peter Evans, Shakespeare’s seminal revenge tragedy is reimagined for contemporary audiences, transporting them to a wintery Denmark in the 1960s. Inside the glamorous court, a family is torn apart by murder and betrayal. Outside, a country is threatened by Norway. And at the centre of this struggle is a young man’s grief for a murdered father.
Alongside Gordon-Anderson, Bell Shakespeare Founder John Bell’s daughter Lucy Bell will take up the role of Hamlet’s mother Gertrude. Joining them on stage will be Jeremi Campese, Tony Cogin, Jack Crumlin, James Evans, James Lugton, Jane Mahady, Robert Menzies, Rose Riley and Mirii Anderson.
The creative team includes Designer Anna Tregloan, Lighting Designer Ben Cisterne, Composer and Sound Designer Max Lyandvert, Movement and Fight Director Nigel Poulton, Voice and Text Coach Jess Chambers and Dramaturg James Evans.
Hamlet will be presented in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra:
- Playhouse Sydney Opera House
7 August – 4 September 2021
- Playhouse Arts Centre Melbourne
9 – 19 September 2021
- Playhouse Canberra Theatre Centre
24 September – 2 October 2021