Award winning actor/director Kenneth Branagh will direct Tom Hiddleston in Hamlet later this year.
Branagh’s theatre company will join forces with RADA for the production which aims to raise funds for the drama school’s multi-million pound capital appeal.
The production will have a limited 3 week run in September at RADA’s 160-seat theatre with twenty percent of tickets priced at £15 for under 25’s; twenty percent at £45 and the remaining tickets at £95.
RADA alumnus Hiddleston will lead the cast which includes Kathryn Wilder as Ophelia, Lolita Chakrabarti as Queen Gertrude, Sean Foley as Polonius / Osric and Nicholas Farrell as King Claudius.
Tom Hiddleston said: “Hamlet presents almost limitless possibilities for interpretation. I can’t wait to explore them, with this great cast, at RADA. Kenneth Branagh and I have long talked about working on the play together, and now felt like the right time, at the right place. To be guided through it by him as a director, an expert and a friend, is our great good fortune.”
Kenneth Branagh said: “I believe Shakespeare and RADA are very good things. This production celebrates both. We bring actors, writers, directors and technicians from last year’s KBTC Garrick season, and team them with RADA graduates past and present, together with artists from the larger creative world to explore Shakespeare’s Hamlet.
Branagh, who trained at RADA in the 80’s was appointed President of RADA last year, succeeding Richard Attenborough.
Hamlet will run from 1 September until 23 September 2017 RADA’s Jerwood Vanburgh Theatre.