Neil Hannon performs as Hamlet

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Neil Hannon marks Halloween by performing in costume at the RSC.

Musician Neil Hannon has opted to perform dressed in a full traditional Hamlet costume, complete with skull, when he plays his Live at the RSC gig on Sunday (30 October).

The Royal Shakespeare Company's Costume Store has provided the full outfit in which Neil will make his RSC debut.

He said: 'I am very excited about the prospect of playing on the famous stage of the RSC. When I think about the luminaries who have passed that way before me I feel a little overawed but as usual will battle on regardless. I'll be ready on October 30th, with my plastic skull.'

Over the years The Divine Comedy has encompassed many musicians, but the driving force of the band and its main and sometimes only member has always been Neil Hannon.

Albums have included Liberation, Promenade, Casanova and Fin de Siecle. Neil wrote the theme tune for the Channel 4 comedy classic, Father Ted. Reworked, with lyrics added, it became Songs of Love. Other hit songs include: National Express, Something for the Weekend, Becoming More like Alfie, Generation X and The Frog Princess.

Neil will be playing at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon on Sunday 30 October as part of the Live at the RSC series of concerts. Book tickets for Neil Hannon.

RSC costumes can be hired by theatres, drama groups and schools, for films, corporate events, amateur dramatics and other special events. To find out more, call the RSC Costume Store on 01789 205 920.

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