The West End transfer of Hamnet has extended its run at the Garrick Theatre in London.
Due to overwhelming demand, the show will play a further six weeks at the Garrick Theatre, running to 17 February 2024.
The RSC’s adaptation of Maggie O’Farrell’s Hamnet premiered at the RSC’s Stratford-upon-Avon earlier this year, with lead actors Madeleine Mantock (Agnes Hathaway) and Tom Varey (William Shakespeare) set to reprise their roles in the West End,
Also reprising their roles will be Sarah Belcher (Joan), Will Brown (Burbage/Father John), Ajani Cabey (Hamnet), Frankie Hastings (Eliza/Customer), Karl Haynes (Ned), Alex Jarrett (Judith), Hannah McPake (Jude) and Peter Wight (John/Will Kempe).
As the show begins rehearsal, producers have announced final casting to include: Gabriel Akuwudike (Bartholomew), Phoebe Campbell (Susanna), Mhairi Gayer (Tilly/Caterina/Landlady) and Liza Sadovy (Mary).
The show opens at London’s Garrick Theatre this autumn, from 30 September 2023. It is set to open to the biggest box office advance in the Garrick Theatre’s history. Read reviews for the Stratford-upon-Avon run here.
Hamnet pulls back the curtain on the story of William Shakespeare, the greatest writer in the English language, and the woman who was the constant presence and purpose of his life.
Maggie O’Farrell’s novel of Hamnet has sold over a 1.5 million copies worldwide and was named Waterstones Book of the Year and winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in 2020. O’Farrell also won the 2020 Women’s Prize for Fiction – the UK’s most prestigious annual book award celebrating and honouring fiction written by women.
Directed by Erica Whyman, the play is adapted by award-winning playwright Lolita Chakrabarti (Life of Pi, Red Velvet, Hymn), and features design by Tom Piper, lighting by Prema Mehta, sound by Simon Baker, music by Oğuz Kaplangi, casting by Amy Ball CDG and movement by Ayse Tashkiran.
Hamnet is produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company and Neal Street Productions, in association with Hera Pictures.