Hamlet holds a skull in front of his face


William Shakespeare

The searing tragedy of young student Hamlet, tormented by his father’s death and confronting each of us with the mirror of our own mortality in an imperfect world

Past productions

Our productions of Hamlet over the years have included many famous actors playing the title role: Paul Scofield and Robert Helpman alternating the role in 1948; Ian Bannen in 1961; David Warner in 1965; Alan Howard in 1970; Ben Kingsley in 1975; Michael Pennington in 1980; Roger Rees in 1984; Mark Rylance in 1989; Kenneth Branagh in 1992; Alex Jennings in 1997; Samuel West in 2001; Toby Stephens in 2004 and David Tennant in 2008.

Here you can find out more about some of our key past productions, giving you an insight into how they were staged and the directorial choices that were made.