‘Frailty, thy name is woman…’
In a bold, innovative female-led production, The Watermill Ensemble breathe new life into Shakespeare’s timeless tragedy.
The King is dead. Absorbed with grief, Hamlet sees a ghostly figure who speaks
of treachery and insists upon revenge. Hamlet’s mother Gertrude has hastily remarried, Ophelia is rebelling, and the new king Claudius is controlling proceedings from the shadows. As tensions mount and Hamlet’s personal turmoil increasingly conflicts with public duty, the lines between order and chaos in Elsinore begin to blur.
Underscored with live music played by the cast, The Watermill’s resident company apply their daring, collaborative style to Shakespeare’s most enduring play, exploring contemporary themes of identity and authority from multiple points of view.
Directed by Paul Hart and Abigail Pickard Price
Designed by Katie Lias