Paapa Essiedu will reprise his award-winning performance at the Kennedy Center in 2018.

After successful runs in Stratford-upon-Avon and London, director Simon Godwin's contemporary version of Hamlet will transfer to the Eisenhower Theater in Washington's Kennedy Center for six performances between 2-6 May 2018.

The show moves the story from Denmark to west Africa and has already seen Paapa Essiedu receive a UK Theatre Award and the Ian Charleson Award for his performance in the title role.

Godwin has described Paapa's Hamlet as "intelligent, youthful, and charismatic, with a contemporary wit. But Paapa’s portrayal is also mercurial with an element of danger."

Paapa Essiedu as Hamlet seated cross legged on the floor in a white suit covered in paint, looking up
Paapa Essiedu performs as Hamlet in Simon Godwin's production.
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Hamlet is currently available to Kennedy Center subscribers as a season add-on. Tickets will go on sale to Kennedy Center members on 6 November and to the general public on 15 November.

Before moving to Washington, the play will also be touring venues around the UK in early 2018. To find dates and booking information, visit the Hamlet Tour Page.