Introducing young audiences to the world of theatre, an energetic retelling of one of Shakespeare’s most well-known tragedies Hamlet is now playing at the Dorfman Theatre until 28 March 2023 following a 6-week schools tour across England.

This version is adapted for audiences aged 8–12 years old by Jude Christian (Dick Whittington, National Theatre) and originally directed by Tinuke Craig (The Colour Purple, Vassa). The revival is directed by Ellie Hurt (A Christmas Carol, Shakespeare North Playhouse). 

Simeon Desvignes performs the role of Hamlet alongside a full company including Curtis Callier, Adam Clifford, Ashley Gerlach, Kathrine Payne, Claire Redcliffe, Annabelle Terry and Monique Walker.

The production has visited pupils across England as part of a 6-week tour into school halls taking place from 30 January – 6 March 2023, reaching over 8,000 young people in total. The production visited seven areas including Thurrock, Knowsley, Tameside, Blackpool, Blackburn, Lincolnshire and Havering. The tour aimed to introduce children to theatre and included workshops, teacher training and resources to explore creative learning approaches to the world of Shakespeare as part of the curriculum.