To celebrate the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth, The Archway Theatre presents “The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark”.
Hamlet, a prince, is visited by the ghost of his murdered Father with the news that his uncle, who has usurped the throne and married the Queen, is the murderer. Challenged to revenge his father, Hamlet must find a way to test his Uncle’s conscience while manipulating the court, his young love Ophelia and staying sane amongst plots and intrigue.
Denmark was once a far away country with foreign customs and is represented in our interpretation by feudal Japan, conjured in set, costume and bespoke musical composition. The oriental setting also highlights the play’s themes of duty, hierarchy and honour.
Despite it’s age ‘Hamlet’ is a play that is unmistakably modern. It explores what it is to be human; what it is to be sane, loyal, in love and confronted by challenges that must be undertaken. Yet Shakespeare never wrote a tragedy without great swathes of humour to throw the insight and introspection into sharp relief.