Royal Shakespeare Company Visits Hull New Theatre with Hamlet

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Hull New Theatre Welcomes RSC in February
for Hamlet

The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) visits Hull New Theatre in February with its acclaimed production of Hamlet, originally seen in Stratford-upon-Avon in 2016.

The production features RSC Associate Artist Paapa Essiedu (pictured above), who reprises his award-winning performance in the title role as one of Shakespeare’s most famous tragic heroes.

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Hamlet director, Simon Godwin


Director Simon Godwin said: “Paapa Essiedu is British with Ghanaian heritage. When Paapa and I talked about the production, I realised how radical it might be to see Denmark through the lens of a completely different culture, a culture that Paapa himself had experienced. I began to imagine a Denmark re-conceived as a modern state influenced by the ritual, traditions and beauty of west Africa. So, our setting is full of the colour, emotional intensity and passion associated with that part of the world.

“As Hamlet, Paapa is intelligent, youthful and charismatic, with a contemporary wit. But Paapa’s portrayal is also mercurial with an element of danger.”

Part ghost story, part family tragedy, part dark comedy, Hamlet is an urgent and gripping thriller.

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A still from “Shakespeare Live! From the RSC” which was broadcast on BBC2 in 2016 to mark 400 years since Shakespeare’s death. Paapa was involved in a Hamlet comedy sketch with the likes of Judi Dench and HRH The Prince of Wales.

“Landmark production”

Paapa Essiedu won Best Performance in a Play at the UK Theatre Awards in 2016 for his role in the production. His other RSC credits include King Lear and The Merry Wives of Windsor. He has appeared in Kenneth Branagh’s 2017 film version of Murder on the Orient Express, and recent TV work includes The Miniaturists, Kiri with Sarah Lancashire, and Press.

Described by The Financial Times as “a landmark production” and “intelligent and engrossing” by The Sunday Times, this is a Hamlet not to be missed.

‘Hamlet’ runs at Hull New Theatre between 13-17 February, 2018.
Box office: 01482 300306
images: RSC

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