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18 June 2020  ·  Follow on Stagedoor
“When 25-year-old Paapa Essiedu played Hamlet in 2016 for the RSC it was the first time since 1961 that the company had showcased a black Hamlet. That’s quite an indictment of a leading national company. The good news is that Essiedu, most recently seen in The Passover at the Kiln and the Convert at the Young Vic and I May Destroy You on the BBC, is a really terrific prince, unexpectedly funny and playful, inclined towards teenage stroppiness and with an artistic bent that pays homage to Jean-Michel Basquiat. Simon Godwin’s production, which offers a Denmark by way of an unnamed African state, is bold and refreshing and while it confirms Essiedu as a real star it is full of insightful, interesting performances from the great Tanya Moodie as Gertrude to Natalie Simpson as a genuinely distressed and distressing Ophelia.”
“Paapa Essiedu plays Hamlet in Simon Godwin’s critically acclaimed 2016 Royal Shakespeare Company production.”


Sent by the ghost of his father to avenge his brutal death, Hamlet’s mission to expose the truth is a perilous journey of madness, murder and lost love. What will ultimately become of a young man sent to kill?

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From Thu 23 Apr until Sun 23 Aug
Runtime: 3 hrs


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