Bell Shakespeare presents Hamlet

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.

Tickets available ONLINE


By William Shakespeare
Director Peter Evans
Designer Anna Tregloan
Lighting Designer Ben Cisterne
Composer & Sound Designer Max Lyandvert
Video Designer Laura Turner
Movement & Fight Director Nigel Poulton
Voice & Text Coach Jess Chambers
Dramaturg James Evans


Harriet Gordon-Anderson as Hamlet
Jeremi Campese as Rosencrantz
Tony Cogin as Ghost
Jack Crumlin as Laertes
James Evans as Horatio
Kevin MacIsaac as Claudius
Jane Mahady as Guildenstern
Lisa McCune as Gertrude
Robert Menzies as Polonius
Aanisa Vylet as Player Queen
Sophie Wilde as Ophelia

Sydney Opera House, Playhouse
Previews 29 February – 3 March
Season 5 March – 4 April

Canberra Theatre Centre, The Playhouse
Preview 9 April
Season 11 April – 18 April

Arts Centre Melbourne, Fairfax Studio
Preview 23 April
Season 25 April – 10 May

In season performance start times
Tuesday & Wednesday evening performances 6.30pm
Thursday – Saturday evening performances 7.30pm
Saturday matinee 2pm and Sunday matinee 4pm
No performances on Mondays

Event starts
Saturday 29 February, 2020
Event ends
Saturday 4 April, 2020
Sydney Opera House Playhouse
Venue Address
Bennelong Point

Sydney ,

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