Rehearsal pictures are released for The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) world-premiere production of Hamnet.
Maggie O’Farrell’s Hamnet, adapted for the stage by Lolita Chakrabarti from the novel by Maggie O’Farrell will star Madeleine Mantock (Blithe Spirit – West End) as Agnes Hathaway alongside Tom Varey (Ackley Bridge) as William Shakespeare and Peter Wight (Vera Drake) as John/Will Kempe.
The wider company includes Sarah Belcher (Joan), Will Brown (Burbage/Father John), Haydn Burke (Ensemble), Ajani Cabey (Hamnet/Thomas Day) Faye Campbell (Ensemble), Frankie Hastings (Eliza), Karl Haynes (Ned), Alex Jarrett (Judith), Hannah McPake (Jude), Rose Riley (Tilly/Caterina), Elizabeth Rider (Mary), Harmony Rose-Bremner (Susanna) and Obioma Ugoala (Bartholomew).
Directed by RSC Acting Artistic Director Erica Whyman, the play is the first production in the RSC’s newly renovated Swan Theatre, joining shows including The Empress and Falkland Sound, and run from 1 April to 17 June 2023 in Stratford.
The Swan Theatre run is already sold out. Following its run in Stratford, Hamnet will transfer to London’s West End, playing at the Garrick Theatre from 30 September 2023 to 6 January 2024.
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Hamnet – rehearsal photos
Photos by Lola Stewart-Roberts
Garrick Theatre, London