ON SALE AT 10AM TODAY (WEDNESDAY 5 APRIL) We are pleased to announce that following a sold-out run at the Almeida Theatre, Robert Icke’s new production Of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet starring Andrew Scott will transfer to the Harold Pinter Theatre this Summer. Hamlet will be presented from 9 June – 2 September 2017. The production stars Olivier Award and BAFTA winner Andrew Scott (Sherlock, Birdland, Pride) as the renown Danish prince. Hamlet is bought to the stage by the critically acclaimed award-winning creative team behind Oresteia and 1984. BritishTheatre.com will have access to a priority access on sale period from 10am on Wednesday 5 April 2017. Read our review of Hamlet at the Almeida. BOOK NOW FOR HAMLET
This is Oresteia, not The Oresteia, the trilogy of plays (Agamennon, The Libation Bearers, The Eumenides) which won Aeschylus a prize in 458BC and which is considered the “original family drama” and the launching pad for all modern drama, but the free-wheeling, self-indulgent, filmic, and loose “adaptation” by Robert Icke which is now playing at the Almeida, kicking off Rupert Goold’s Greeks season. There are some wonderful images, some potent exchanges, some brilliant flashes of inspiration – but, overall, it does not hold together dramatically. For a production which lasts three hours and forty minutes, many many minutes are spent biding time.
It was announced this week that, due to unprecedented demand, Headlong’s 1984 is extending its run at the Playhouse Theatre until August 23rd, prior to its second UK tour. The play itself reminds us of the dangers of following suit. The popularity of this anti-populist play therefore is a particularly pertinent indicator of some significant shifts in theatre. Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillian’s 1984 is more harrowing, chilling and stimulating than it is enjoyable. A bit like spending 1hr 41 minutes in a refrigerator – cold and bright – 1984 is brilliant if you like your theatre heart free and served up over ice. This is innovation as well as imitation; truthful to the novel and yet bold with interpretation. The writer-directors embrace the novel’s appendix, using it a framing device. The play gives voice to the book’s accompanying comment, opening in the seemingly familiar territory of a discussion group where … Read more