Paapa Essiedu as Hamlet - Photo by Manuel Harlan © RSC
The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) is touring its acclaimed production of Hamlet, originally seen in Stratford-upon-Avon in 2016, to Salford, Plymouth, Hull, Newcastle upon Tyne and Northampton between January and March 2018, before transferring to London’s Hackney Empire between 6 and 31 March 2018.
Read our 2016 review of Hamlet
Directed by Simon Godwin, the production will see RSC Associate Artist Paapa Essiedu (read interview) reprise his award-winning performance in the title role as one of Shakespeare’s most famous tragic heroes.
Paapa Essiedu won Best Performance in a Play at the UK Theatre Awards in 2016 for his role as Hamlet. Paapa’s other RSC credits include Edmund in King Lear, Fenton in The Merry Wives of Windsor and The Mouse and his Child. Additional theatre credits include King Lear (National Theatre) and Romeo and Juliet (Tobacco Factory). He played Demetrius in Russell T Davies’ adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream for BBC1 (2016).
Hamlet is directed by Simon Godwin and designed by Paul Wills with lighting by Paul Anderson. Music for the production is composed by Jamiroquai percussionist Sola Akingbola. Sound is by Christopher Shutt. Movement by Mbulelo Ndabeni. Fights by Kev McCurdy.
The Lowry, Salford
26 January – 3 February 2018
Box Office: 0843 208 6000
On sale: Friday 12 May
Theatre Royal Plymouth
6 – 10 February 2018
Hull New Theatre
13-17 February 2018
Box office: 01482 300306
On sale: 10am, Thursday 11 May (Extras members priority booking) and 10am, Friday 12 May (Public booking)
Northern Stage, Newcastle upon Tyne
20 – 24 February 2018
Royal & Derngate, Northampton
27 February – 3 March 2018
6 – 31 March 2018
Info: The RSC's National Tour of Hamlet is from #RSCHamletTour
Review of Hamlet 2016
Interview of Paapa Essiedu