11 - 26 Feb 2011
“This is a truly epic, masterful production and a brilliant way for GSC to mark their first five years - here's to the next five!"
For our second winter season we plunged headfirst into possibly the greatest drama ever written. Hamlet is epic on so many levels and director Caroline Devlin gave our audiences a Dane to remember.
The Dane himself was played by Ben Ashton, along with Noel White and Johanne Murdock, all of whom made their GSC debut in this great play and have all since graced our stages many-a-time.
One of the particular highlights was the creation of Hamlet’s ghost – a voice that never appeared. His presence was made real by items moving on stage by themselves: a candlestick, a curtain, those lights… truly spell-binding.
“Intelligent, provocative, hard-edged...a very fluid, powerful adventure story.” BBC Surrey
“..not only visceral, but intensely emotional and original in its composition... is compulsively watchable." Surrey Advertiser
"A Hamlet to die for – outstandingly powerful and atmospheric...a riveting thriller" British Theatre Guide
HAMLET Ben Ashton
CLAUDIUS Noel White
GERTRUDE Johanne Murdock
POLONIUS/2nd GRAVEDIGGER Edward Halsted
OPHELIA/GUILDENSTERN Augustina Seymour
LAERTES Matt Pinches
HORATIO/CAPTAIN Tim Allsop
ROSENCRANTZ/FORTINBRAS/1st GRAVEDIGGER David Hey
All other characters played by members of the cast.
Director Caroline Devlin
Designer Susannah Henry
Lighting Designer Robert Henderson
Sound Designer Matt Eaton
Fight Director Philip d’Orléans
Vocal Coach Sarah Stephenson
Production Manager Kerrie Driscoll
Deputy Stage Manager Elaine Yeung
Assistant Stage Manager Beth Sweeney