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Hamlet - Greenwich Playhouse

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

THE GALLEON Theatre Company is presenting William Shakespeare’s Hamlet at Greenwich Playhouse – from September 13 to October 9, 2011.

Written around 1601 and first performed in 1602, Hamlet remains strikingly modern and relevant because of its profound psychoanalytical and philosophical questions on the meaning of life, the hereafter, death, religious scepticism, loyalty, and man’s significance within the vastness of the universe.

This new production, described as an atmospheric, beautifully directed, designed and acted celebration of Shakespeare‘s most loved and most often quoted of plays, is set in the 1800s and within a Gothic Romantic aesthetic.

Hamlet’s plot – rich in evocative imagery of a restless ghost, graveyards, a skull, insanity, narcissism, and both repressed and expressed sexuality – is fittingly placed within a time characterised by scientific invention, industrial and commercial fervour, imperialism, moral severity, and Romanticism – a time of great moral, religious, social and political contradiction.

Hamlet is produced by award-winning Alice de Sousa and directed by acclaimed director Bruce Jamieson, who together co-founded the Galleon Theatre Company, Greenwich Playhouse and Galleon Films.

Alice de Sousa is a multi award-winning writer, producer and actress and has created over seventy stage productions, played leading roles in some thirty plays and written numerous stage and screen scripts. In 2009, she won the Portuguese government’s ‘Premio de Talento’ award; in 2004, the American Biographical Institute’s ‘Great Women of the 21st Century’ award, and in 2005, she was named ‘Woman of the Year’.

Bruce Jamieson has directed some thirty Galleon productions and played leading roles in some sixty stage plays. As an actor, his television and film credits include The Oxford Murders, Murphy’s Law, Monarch of the Glen, Ali G-Inda House, Roughnecks, In Suspicious Circumstances, Crime Solver and Spongebob.

The cast includes Barry Clarke (as Polonious), Elizabeth Donegan (Ophelia’s Lady/Player/Queen/Grave Digger), Robin Holden (Hamlet), Bruce Jamieson (Claudius), Elana Martin (Ophelia), Kevin Millington (Rosencrantz/Osrick), Christopher Peacock (Ghost/Player/King/Priest), Peter Rae (Laertes), Andrew Leishman (Guildenstern/Grave Digger’s Apprentice), Darren Stamford (Horatio) and Jane Stanton (Gertrude).

The production is designed by Russell Fisher, with lighting by Robert Gooch and costumes by Eleanor Wdowski.

Hamlet Photo Gallery

Tickets: £13, £10 concessions – available from the box office on 020 8858 9256, by e-mailing boxoffice@galleontheatre.co.uk or online at www.galleontheatre.co.uk

Times: Tuesday to Saturday at 7.30pm, Sunday at 4pm.

Prior to Hamlet, Slay It With Music runs at Greenwich Playhouse from August 9 to September 4, 2011.