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Robert Icke’s ground-breaking production of Hamlet to be broadcast on BBC Two in 2018

Hamlet_Andrew Scott photographed by Miles Aldridge

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ALTHOUGH Robert Icke’s ground-breaking production of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, starring BAFTA award-winner Andrew Scott, completes its West End run at the Harold Pinter Theatre on September 2, 2017, it will be broadcast on BBC Two in 2018.

The programme was commissioned by Patrick Holland (Controller, BBC Two) and Emma Cahusac (Commissioning Editor, Arts) and is produced by John Wyver at Illuminations Television. Shot live in front of a West End audience, BBC viewers will be given close-up access to this generation’s most acclaimed Hamlet.

Previously Posted: Following a critically acclaimed, sell out run at the Almeida Theatre, Robert Icke’s ground-breaking production of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, starring BAFTA award-winner Andrew Scott, is transferring to the West End – to the Harold Pinter Theatre where it will run for a limited season from June 15 (previews from June 9) to September 2, 2017.

Rupert Goold, Artistic Director, Almeida Theatre said: “We’re delighted that with this transfer more people will be able to experience our production of Hamlet. Robert, Andrew, and the entire Hamlet company have created an unforgettable Shakespeare which we’re looking forward to sharing even more widely over the summer in partnership with Sonia Friedman Productions and ATG.”

Robert Icke, Director (and Almeida Theatre Associate Director) said: “It has been such a thrill to work with Andrew and the extraordinary company of Hamlet on this play so far, and I’m delighted we’re going to continue our work on this play in the West End this summer.

“I’m also extremely proud to be working with the Almeida and our producers, ATG and Sonia Friedman, to be able to present this play in a way that genuinely throws the doors open to a bigger range of audience members. In an increasingly expensive industry, I can’t tell you how brilliant it is for them to commit to having 300 tickets priced at under £30 at every single show.”

And on playing Hamlet Andrew Scott said: “I’m so thrilled and honoured to be playing this extraordinary role with these brilliant actors in Rob’s stunning production. We have been overwhelmed with the reaction to our interpretation of Hamlet and I’m so happy that we can share it with a larger audience. This is a play full of heart, compassion and humanity. I’m so happy that we are able to offer 300 tickets for under £30 to every performance in the West End run to allow everybody a chance to see the play.”

As well as Andrew Scott, the confirmed cast for the West End transfer includes Marty Cruickshank (Player Queen), Jessica Brown Findlay (Ophelia), Calum Finlay (Rosencrantz), Joshua Higgott (Horatio), Daniel Rabin (Reynaldo), David Rintoul (Ghost/Player King), Juliet Stevenson (Gertrude), Luke Thompson (Laertes), Peter Wight (Polonius), Angus Wright (Claudius) and Matthew Wynn (Bernardo/Player 3/Priest). Further cast will be announced in due course.

Hamlet is produced by Ambassador Theatre Group, Sonia Friedman Productions and the Almeida Theatre.

Hamlet continues at the Almeida Theatre until April 15, 2017.

Read more about Hamlet.

Image: Andrew Scott photographed by Miles Aldridge.

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