Inside the glamorous court of Denmark in the 1960s, a family is torn apart by murder and betrayal. Outside, a country is threatened by Norway. And at the centre of this struggle is a man brimming with anguish.
Hamlet is a portrait of a young man struggling with the death of his father, his mother’s hasty remarriage to his uncle, and the vision of his father’s ghost looming in his mind’s eye. A story of revenge, passion and deception, this is a Hamlet for our time.
Bell Shakespeare opens its 30th year anniversary celebrations with one of Shakespeare’s most iconic and tragic works, directed by Artistic Director Peter Evans.
Featuring Harriet Gordon-Anderson (The Miser) as a young man experiencing grief in its most complex and profound state, this Hamlet will be told through the lens of loss, betrayal and madness.
This is the world of politics, where human desire for retribution quickly becomes a burden to struggle against. Set against a classically timeless backdrop where family cannot be trusted, friendships turn adversarial and the ghost of his father pushes Hamlet’s entire world to its brink.
Ordered to kill. Tempted to resist. Live or die.
Duration: 2 hours and 50 minutes, including a 20 minute interval
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The play is set in Elsinore, Denmark, at the royal court of the newly crowned King Claudius. Prince Hamlet is deeply depressed by the sudden death of the previous monarch, his father, old Hamlet, and the hasty remarriage of his mother, Queen Gertrude, to his uncle Claudius.
When the ghost of his father appears to Hamlet informing him that he was murdered by Claudius, and calling upon him to avenge his death, Hamlet is locked into a dangerous mission he would rather not have been given. Instead of following his duty to the father he loved and killing the murderer promptly, he is paralysed by inaction.
He intellectualises the task and seeks further proof of his uncle’s guilt to the point where he is himself exposed to the murderer, and has virtually signed his own death warrant.
Disgusted by the relationship between his mother and uncle, and allowing his suspicion of his mother’s infidelity to taint his attitude towards women, Hamlet abandons his girlfriend, Ophelia, who later loses her mind and drowns. He accidentally kills her father, the courtier Polonius, mistaking him for Claudius who, frightened of Hamlet’s madness and fearing his own safety, persuades Polonius’ son, Laertes, to kill Hamlet.
Finally, a duel between Hamlet and Laertes ends in the deaths of Claudius, Gertrude, Laertes and Hamlet himself, and rule of the kingdom of Denmark passes to Norway.
Composer & Sound Designer
Movement & Fight Director
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Hear from our Director, Peter Evans about what’s in store for our 2020 production of Hamlet.
Download the Hamlet performance resources here.
See below for information on our performances of Hamlet for schools.
Sydney Opera House (NSW)
Wednesday 11 March 2020, 1pm
Wednesday 18 March 2020, 1pm
Arts Centre Melbourne (VIC)
Wednesday 29 April 2020, 11am
Thursday 7 May 2020, 11am
If you can’t make it to an in-theatre matinee we are also broadcasting the production into educational institutions on Wednesday 18 March 2020 at 10am AEST. Visit our Broadcast page to learn more and book.
– Book with Bell Shakespeare, via this booking form.
– School matinees are $32.50 per student with one complimentary teacher ticket per 20 students. Additional teacher tickets at student prices. GST not applicable.
– Limited number of discounted tickets available in evening performances. Conditions apply. Please refer to Terms and Conditions.
– Australian Curriculum-linked classroom resources can be downloaded here.
For more information or to make a schools booking contact Bell Shakespeare Learning.
Tel: 1300 305 730
Fax: 1300 552 271
Post: PO Box 10, Millers Point, 2000
Canberra Theatre Centre Canberra From Apr 08 To Apr 18
Sydney Opera House Sydney From Feb 29 To Apr 04
Arts Centre Melbourne Melbourne From Apr 23 To May 10
|A Reserve Full||$60||$60||$62.50|
|A Reserve Conc||$52||$52||$54.50|
|A Reserve U18||$45||$45||$42.50|
|A Reserve U30||$40||$40||$42.50|
Single Ticket Prices
|A Reserve Full||$75||$75||$77.50|
|A Reserve Conc||$65||$65||$67.50|
|A Reserve U18||$40||$40||$42.50|
|A Reserve U30||$40||$40||$42.50|
*Sydney ticket price includes a $2.50 security fee. In 2018, the Sydney Opera House introduced enhanced procedures to ensure the safety and security of audiences, including bag checks and electronic screening. From 2020 the Sydney Opera House will charge for this security screening, resulting in a $2.50 increase in the overall cost of a ticket.