Flute Theatre in association with English Touring Theatre presents:
Hamlet, Who's There?
At the heart of Hamlet is the unfathomable grief and questionable sanity of a young man. Even his closest family are unable to help him as he drifts away from them, revealing a perfect storm of tragedy. Our story unfolds over one night, in one house, on the evening of Hamlet’s mother’s wedding; by dawn only a grave-digger is left alive.
Hamlet, alone in his bedroom, is possessed by the tortured ghost of his father, rising from his own disturbed consciousness. Grief is transferred from person to person, spreading like poison through the family, and demonstrating how trauma can have wide-reaching consequences. We seek to rip open the wound at the heart of the play and explore Shakespeare’s opening question: who’s there?
“Flute’s brilliantly-observed, tersely contemporary Hamlet works on its audiences with visceral force. It is both compassionate and withering: an intense distillation of tragedy which makes the best-known play in world drama new for another generation.”
Michael Dobson – Director, Shakespeare Institute.