The Royal Shakespeare Company’s “landmark” production of ‘Hamlet’ is coming LIVE to the Wellesley Cinema on Wednesday 8 June at 7pm.
Transmitted direct from the stage of the RSC’s Stratford theatre, the production stars Paapa Essiedu as Hamlet and is directed by Simon Godwin. It has received exceptional critical acclaim, not least for the play’s leading actor. Following the play’s opening night last month The Telegraph’s critic said, “Theatrical history was made last night in Stratford. For the first time since it came into being in 1961, the RSC has given the role of Hamlet to a black actor. This is long overdue. It’s 99% likely that most readers won’t have heard of Paapa Essiedu, the young blade entrusted with one of the toughest parts in the canon. On the evidence presented by his fleet-of-foot, mercurial-of-mood Prince, I’d say it’s 99.9 per cent certain that within five years Essiedu will be a major star.”
The Independent’s critic said, “The performances are terrific… Essiedu the most compellingly youthful Hamlet since Ben Whishaw.” ; the Guardian’s reviewer said, “The ensemble make you feel like you are seeing the play anew. The percussive music of Sola Akingbola makes a vital contribution to a production that makes you feel, even if you are seeing Hamlet for the 50th time, that you are experiencing it anew.”
Theatregoers can clearly be assured of one of the stage’s most compelling and exciting experiences in this production. Advance booking is recommended.
Tickets online from www.wellesleycinema.co.uk. There is no booking fee for LIVE events.