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By William Shakespeare

Adapted by Beth Flintoff 

Mon 13 Oct 2014 - Fri 17 Oct 2014

Hamlet is one of the most performed plays ever written, by a playwright at the height of his genius. When his father dies suddenly in suspicious circumstances, Hamlet returns home to find that his mother has married his uncle, who now rules Denmark in his father’s place. Torn between desire for revenge and loyalty to his mother, gripped by indecision, Hamlet must forge a new future for himself and the world of Denmark.

Shakespeare’s masterpiece about a young man poised on the brink of a series of cataclysmic decisions is brought sharply to life by The Watermill. An ideal introduction to Shakespeare, this production features the original text cut to a fast-paced 75 minutes, performed by just three actors in a contemporary setting, and follows the success of our previous touring productions, Romeo + Juliet, Othello, and Faustus.

Director Justin Audibert
Composer Paul Herbert
Sound designer Josh Robinson


James Cooney


James is an actor and voice over artist who graduated from LIPA in 2011. His most recent role of Greg in Bottleneck was nominated for 'Best Male Performance' at the 2014 Off West End awards.

Theatre credits include: Island (National Theatre), Wink (theatre503), Bottom Up (Southwark Playhouse), The Only Way is Chelsea's (York Theatre Royal, Live Theatre Newcastle and Soho Theatre), Bottleneck (Soho Theatre, Edinburgh Fringe and UK Tour), You Once Said Yes (The Lowry Theatre), and The 24 Hour Plays (Old Vic).

TV and Film credits include: Doctors (BBC), Cushy (Second Shot Productions) and Vic/Tim (NFTS)

Neal Craig

Claudius / Polonius / Laertes

Theatre credits include: Owen Wingrave (Aldeburgh / Edinburgh International Festival), Pocket Henry, Edward III, Pocket Merchant (Propeller), Swallows & Amazons (National Theatre and West End), The Conspirators, Henry V (Orange Tree Theatre), Beachy Head (Analogue), Don't Shoot The Clowns (Fuel), Romeo & Juliet, Richard III (Oddsocks Productions), The Duchess of Malfi (Lazarus Theatre), The Course of True Love (1623 Theatre).
Film credits include: The Tree Inside, The Boy With a Thorn In His Side (Sepia Films), Laundry - A Short Spin, Rocket To Mars (Project Bootleg).
Television credits include: Emmerdale (ITV), A Girls Guide to Depravity (HBO), Raving Arizona (Nat Geo / Raw TV), Coronation Street (ITV Granada), Odd One In (Zeppotron).
Radio credits include: Germinal (BBC Radio 4).
Neal is an associate artist and founder member of 1623 Theatre Company.

Elizabeth Crarer

Ophelia / Gertrude

Theatre credits include: Cymbeline (Cambridge Arts Theatre), The Browning Version and The Apple Cart (Peter Hall season 2009, Theatre Royal Bath), Breakfast at Tiffany’s (Theatre Royal Haymarket, London), Brontë (Shared Experience, The Watermill Theatre), Charley’s Aunt (Manchester Royal Exchange), Othello (The Watermill Theatre), The Disappearance of Sadie Jones (Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter and National Tour), Emily: The Making of a Militant Suffragette (National Theatre).
Television credits include: Law & Order UK and Midsomer Murders.