All-male cast present Hamlet at Brighton Open Air Theatre

Benjamin Way as Hamlet. Picture courtesy of Rocket Cottage Photography

Benjamin Way as Hamlet. Picture courtesy of Rocket Cottage Photography

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Festival Players Theatre Company promises a dynamic all-male production of Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

The show is at Brighton Open Air Theatre on Wednesday, August 31.

Spokeswoman Su Gilroy said: “Thought to have been first performed in 1600 and possibly the greatest tragedy in the English language, Hamlet is a story of revenge. Hamlet, the Prince of Denmark, is haunted by the ghost of his father, who tells him that he was murdered by his own brother, Claudius. Claudius not only wears the late king’s crown but has also married his wife, Gertude, Hamlet’s mother. Hamlet has lost his father and his opportunity to be king, and possibly his sanity; can he believe the ghost, and if so how should he exact revenge? And who else will suffer along the way?

“Festival Players Artistic Director Michael Dyer has brought the play, the bard’s longest, to a manageable length of two hours in the company’s trademark accessible format.”

Michael said: “Our shows are an amalgam of energy, entertainment and colour and we aim to make them clear and transparent, as well as keeping them short for the comfort of our patrons.

“We set out to take audiences of all ages on a journey and make them feel very much part of the production.

“A small cast of six play multiple roles demanding quick costume changes, as well as performing as singers and musicians. This gives an exciting opportunity for the actors to show their energy and versatility.”

This will be Michael’s 12th all-male production in a row for the Players.

“It is, of course, totally authentic. We are following in the footsteps of Shakespeare’s own Globe Theatre when all roles were taken by men. The Players have built a reputation for strong, all-male shows over the past eleven years.”

Click here to find out more about the company.

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