Hamlet - Royal Shakespeare Company

Mon - Sat 7.15pm & Wed & Sat matinees 1.15pm (No show on Good Friday 30 March)
Hamlet - Royal Shakespeare Company Mon - Sat 7.15pm & Wed & Sat matinees 1.15pm (No show on Good Friday 30 March)
Thursday 22nd March
Friday 23rd March
Saturday 24th March
Saturday 24th March
Monday 26th March
Tuesday 27th March
Wednesday 28th March
Wednesday 28th March
Thursday 29th March
Saturday 31st March
Saturday 31st March

Revenge his foul and most unnatural murder…

The Royal Shakespeare Company bring Shakespeare’s searing tragedy of murder and revenge to Hackney Empire as part of a national tour.

A student is called home from university to find his life turned upside down. He had the world at his feet, but now everything has changed. Who can be trusted, who can be believed?

Sent by the ghost of his father to avenge his brutal death, Hamlet’s mission to expose the truth is a perilous journey of madness, murder and lost love. What will ultimately become of a young man sent to kill?

Following a critically acclaimed run in Stratford-upon-Avon in 2016, rising star Paapa Essiedu revisits his triumphant Hamlet in a riveting and contemporary take on Shakespeare’s tragedy directed by Simon Godwin.


Take a behind the scenes tour

‘A new star is born’
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Hackney Empire

£49.50 – £10 (plus £1 per ticket online, £1.25 per ticket over the phone)

Please Note: Children under 14 years need to be accompanied at all times by a paying adult.


10+ GROUP RATE: A or B price tickets for £35 for any Monday to Thursday performance.

SCHOOLS: £12.50 for School groups of 10+.  Valid for any Monday to Thursday performance.  Capped at 30% of the house per perf.

OVER 60s: £15 Monday & Tuesday performances – all others 20% off all prices.

UNEMPLOYED: £2 off.  Valid Monday to Thursday

16-25 YEAR OLDS: 20 tickets x £5 (10 advance and 10 on the day) for 16-25 year olds.  Available on every performance across all price bands only in person from the Box Office.

FAMILY RATE:  Up to 4 half-price tickets for under 18s with every full price paying adult.  Valid Monday to Thursday.

Performance times:

Dates: Tue 6 – Sat 31 March 

Mon – Sat 7.15pm

Wed & Sat matinees 1.15pm

No performance on Good Friday (30 March)

Running Time: 3hrs 15mins


Access Performances 

Semi-integrated BSL performance Tues 13 March, 7.15pm

Captioned performance Thur 15 March, 7.15pm

Audio-described performance Sat 24 March, 1.15pm with Touch Tour 11.15am


Post-show talk-back  on Thur 22 March 

Anna Girvan (Assistant Director on Hamlet) will host the event. (Free to same day ticket holders.)


Hamlet Tour signed synopsis

Please note that this performance of Hamlet contains the following:

Loud bangs / gun shots
Flashing lights
Action taking place in audience area


Cast & Creative Team

HamletPaapa Essiedu
RosencrantzRomayne Andrews
GertrudeLorna Brown
HoratioJames Cooney
FortinbrasPatrick Elue
Player KingKevin N Golding
PlayerTracy-Anne Green
Player QueenMaureen Hibbert
CorneliaWhitney Kehinde
Professor of WittenbergByron Mondahl
PoloniusJoseph Mydell
OpheliaMimi Ndiweni
OsricEsther Niles
VoltemandJohn Omole
ClaudiusClarence Smith
LaertesBuom Tihngang
GhostEwart James Walters
GuildensternEleanor Wyld
Simon GodwinDirector
Paul WillsDesigner
Paul AndersonLighting Designer
Music ComposerSola Akingbola
Sound DesignerChristopher Shutt
MovementMbulelo Ndabeni
FightsKev McCurdy

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