Public performance of Hamlet at The Playhouse


Think Theatre, in association with The Playhouse Company, presents a public performance of Hamlet in The Drama Theatre in Durban on Wednesday 1 March at 7pm.

Marc Kay and Cara Roberts in Hamlet (Photograph by Val Adamson)
Marc Kay and Cara Roberts in Hamlet (Photograph by Val Adamson)

Much cited as Shakespeare’s greatest work, Hamlet Prince of Denmark centres on themes of death, betrayal, greed, murder and revenge. Often described as a typical “Revenge Play”, any careful study reveals it to be very much more. Does a good and purposeful life on earth triumph? Are vile and criminal acts always punished? Further, what is the purpose of our lives in the time we are given if decency has the same end as treachery?

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These questions are valid today – in our homes, our schools and among our leaders. Award-winning director Clare Mortimer (a former teacher of English) once more takes the reins, and audiences can be certain of a complete production, with full sets and costumes, and the greatest of care given to the text.

Bryan Hiles as Hamlet (Photograph by Val Adamson)
Bryan Hiles as Hamlet (Photograph by Val Adamson)

Expect to see a few familiar faces and some fresh ones in Hamlet 2017! Multi award-winner Bryan Hiles takes the title role of the Prince of Denmark, with Cara Roberts appearing as the tragic young heroine, Ophelia. Clare Mortimer plays Hamlet’s mother Gertrude, with Claudius, Hamlet’s treacherous step-father, portrayed by Michael Gritten. Hamlet’s friend Horatio is played by Nhlakanipho Manqele with Darren King as Polonius and his son Laertes performed by Marc Kay. The production’s powerhouse casting also includes Chris van Rensburg, Rowan Barlett, Straw Nzimande and Kirsty Ndawo.

Bookings are through Doreen Stanley on 033 343 4884 or 084 556 0668, or e-mail Follow Hamlet on Facebook, and keep up to date with production news at #ThinkTheatreHamlet on Facebook and Twitter.

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