Sunday, 22 September 2013

Hamlet (theatre)

Rory Kinnear as Hamlet
photo by Johan Persson 
If, like me, you're a relatively recent convert to the delights of the National Theatre Live cinema experiences, you might also be happy to learn that several encore screenings are planned over the next few months. As part of the celebration of 50 years of the National Theatre, popular plays of the last couple of years will be given another 'one night only' so we have the chance to catch up on a few that we might have missed. The first of the encores is to be Shakespeare's Hamlet starring the Olivier award winning Rory Kinnear. (Kinnear is also in the Othello production being screened in a few days time - got your tickets yet?)

Hamlet was originally screened in 2010 and was directed by Nicholas Hytner. The cast also includes Clare Higgins (Gertrude), Patrick Malahide (Claudius), David Calder (Polonius), James Laurenson (Ghost/Player King) and Ruth Negga (Ophelia). Apparently one of the most popular of Shakespeare's plays during his own lifetime, Hamlet is still one of the most popular plays four hundred years later. 


A ghost is discovered walking the battlements of a Danish castle one dark night. He resembles the deceased King and so watchmen bring the Prince of Denmark, Hamlet, to him. The ghost tells Hamlet  that he is indeed Hamlet's father, that he was murdered by Claudius, and that Hamlet should seek vengeance on the murderer. A thoughtful man, Hamlet is upset by contemplating such violence and become depressed, even seeming to sink into madness.

Cineworld, Tue 22nd Oct, 19:00.
Tickets £10.50 adults, £8.40 concessions, available online, by calling 0871 200 2000, on in person from the foyer.