Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) and Neal Street Productions in association with Hera Pictures today announce casting for the West End transfer of Hamnet, directed by Erica Whyman and adapted by Lolita Chakrabarti (Life of Pi). The production had a sell-out run at the RSC, breaking box office records at the Swan Theatre and will open to the biggest box office advance in the Garrick Theatre’s history.
Reprising their roles from the RSC’s Stratford-upon-Avon run are Sarah Belcher (Joan), Will Brown (Burbage/Father John), Ajani Cabey (Hamnet), Frankie Hastings (Eliza/Customer), Karl Haynes (Ned), Alex Jarrett (Judith), Madeleine Mantock (Agnes Hathaway), Hannah McPake (Jude), Tom Varey (William Shakespeare) and Peter Wight (John/Will Kempe). Further casting is still to be announced.
Take a look at behind the scenes!
Warwickshire, 1582. Agnes Hathaway, a natural healer, meets the Latin tutor, William Shakespeare. Drawn together by powerful but hidden impulses, they create a life together and make a family.
As William moves to London to discover his place in the world of theatre, Agnes stays at home to raise their three children but she is the constant presence and purpose of his life.
When the plague steals 11-year-old Hamnet from his loving parents, they must each confront their loss alone. And yet, out of the greatest suffering, something of extraordinary wonder is born.
Hamnet will be showing at Garrick Theatre from 30 September 2023 to 6 January 2024.
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