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The Royal Shakespeare Company

Hamlet

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

★★★★

‘It is an utterly engaging performance by Paapa Essiedu’

Times

‘The ghost, played majestically by Ewart James Walters’

Times

‘There is a lot of humour. Essiedu has the gift for that’

Times

‘Music, composed by Sola Akingbola, is refreshing’

Times

★★★★

‘Paapa Essiedu is in thrillingly unforced command of the role … radiates the impudent charisma, energy and wounded idealism of youth’

Independent

‘The performances are terrific… Essiedu the most compellingly youthful Hamlet since Ben Whishaw’

Independent

★★★★

‘An accessible, absorbing take on Shakespeare’s tragedy that conveys its energy and its intense concern with lies, deceit and the complex politics of family life’

Evening Standard

‘Paapa Essiedu is a brash and youthful Hamlet… he combines sarcasm, charm and creepiness’

Evening Standard

‘The meaning of the play’s most famous speech feels fresh’

Evening Standard

‘Sola Akingbola’s percussive music accenting the nervy tribalism’

Evening Standard

‘Cyril Nri is a fruitily unctuous Polonius, Tanya Moodie gives Gertrude a regal dignity, and Natalie Simpson brings agitated vulnerability to Ophelia’

Evening Standard

★★★★

‘The ensemble make you feel like you are seeing the play anew’

Guardian

‘Essiedu is an intensely likeable Hamlet. He is young, quick-witted and, even in his rootless uncertainty, sportive’

Guardian

‘If Clarence Smith is an impressively composed Claudius, Tanya Moodie is an even more startling Gertrude’

Guardian

‘The percussive music of Sola Akingbola makes a vital contribution to a production that makes you feel, even if you are seeing Hamlet for the 50th time, that you are experiencing it anew’

Guardian

★★★★

‘Simply a terrific Hamlet, a blazing new star standing at the heart of an intelligent and engrossing production’

Sunday Times

‘Atmospheric score by Sola Akingbola’

Sunday Times

‘The confidence of this Hamlet is likely to set Paapa Essiedu on the way to becoming a household name; his emotional vulnerability and easy grace are like a breath of fresh air filling the stage’

Sunday Times

‘Exceptional thoughtfulness and a raft of good performances’

Sunday Times

‘The detailed care with which each scene is considered constantly yields revelations’

Sunday Times

‘Combined with a setting that constantly opens up different vistas, this is a production that feels newly minted. Godwin’s great gift is to reveal the play in all its glory – and in a dazzling new light’

Sunday Times

★★★★

‘The RSC’s vivid new Hamlet’

Observer

‘One of the cherishable aspects of Godwin’s production is that it does not discard mystery’

Observer

‘Simpson’s Ophelia has throughout a welcome fierce edge… her madness is a horror’

Observer

‘Tanya Moodie is an imposing Gertrude’

Observer

★★★★

‘Simon Godwin’s contemporary account is vibrant, colourful, political and personal; it grips like a thriller and pulsates with good ideas’

Mail on Sunday

‘A tremendously engaging, sympathetic portrait of an idealistic young soul’

Mail on Sunday

‘Terrific support from Cyril Nri’s precise and pompous Polonius and from a towering, charismatic Ewart James Walters as both the ghost of Hamlet’s father and teasing gravedigger’

Mail on Sunday

‘Succeeds thrillingly in breaking the mould’

Mail on Sunday

★★★★

'An excellent ghost/gravedigger (Ewart James Walters) and Polonius (Cyril Nri) ... a sweet and modern Ophelia (Natalie Simpson)

Daily Mail

'One test of a Hamlet is whether or not you have the sense of life's brevity at the end. It is evident here'

Daily Mail

‘A new star is born’

Telegraph

‘His fleet-of-foot, mercurial-of-mood Prince… physical poise and self-possession … sardonic-edged charm’

Telegraph