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Hamlet to take centre stage in Greenwich Park



Preview by Paul Nelson

NATURAL Perspectives return for their fourth year to the idyllic setting of the Old Royal Observatory Garden in Greenwich Park with a new and adventurous production of Hamlet.

The play runs in the Garden from July 26 to August 10 then, as an exciting new departure for the company, it transfers to the historic setting of Middle Temple Garden from August 20 - 24.

Natural Perspectives was founded in 2000 by five young theatre practitioners while they were training together at LAMDA.

Over the past three years the company has developed an ensemble style which is open, playful and inclusive: Natural Perspectives shows are characterised by clear storytelling, visual life and a rich comic energy.

They have now successfully produced a trilogy of Shakespeare comedies in Greenwich Park where over 2,000 people saw last year's production of As You Like It.

This year's production, with guest director Matt Peover, signals a daring new direction for both the company and the space itself.

Hamlet, probably the most famous but also most difficult of Shakespeare's texts, will force the company to re-invent the dynamic between actor and audience, to readdress its relationship with The Old Royal Observatory Garden, and to forge a new relationship with Middle Temple Garden. This shortened (two and a half hours), pacy, and highly physical production will revitalise the play for audiences in a thrilling new way.

Directed by Matt Peover, (one of the Guardian's Pick of the Fringe for 2003) whose work includes two highly acclaimed shows at BAC, Cowboy Mouth and Endgame.

The company will also give a one-off charity performance at Bundles Barn in Hertfordshire on August 16 in aid of Khandel Light, a charity, which provides healthcare, medical aid, and water cleaning projects to Northern India (for details email naturalperspectivestc@hotmail.com)

Natural Perspectives present Hamlet by William Shakespeare,
The Old Royal Observatory Garden, Greenwich Park SE10
Saturday July 26 -Sunday August 10 (no performance Mondays)
4.30pm Saturdays and Sundays; 5.30pm weekdays

Middle Temple Gardens, The Middle Temple, Victoria Embankment, Wednesday August 20 - Sunday August 24
4.30pm Saturday and Sunday; 5.30pm weekdays.
Box Office 0208 858 7755 (Greenwich Theatre)
Tickets will be EXCHANGED for another performance if inclement weather causes cancellation.

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