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Why See Hamlet?

We know what we are, but know not what we may be

Celebrate Shakespeare's Globe's 21st year with The Bard's most famous play. Kicking off the 2018 summer season, Hamlet asks "Who's there?", the first of many questions that the Globe will be asking itself and its audience as they look ahead to the next twenty years of Globe seasons.

As one of Shakespeare's most prolific and famous plays Hamlet ignites the Globe's summer season with betrayal, murder and sexual obsession. One of the most quotable plays in English, Hamlet lends itself to great study, with Shakespeare's beautiful language, there is always something new to be discovered in this dark and intricate work.

What is Hamlet about?

After learning of his father's death, Prince Hamlet heads home, but someone is in his place... With his uncle now married to his mother and self-installed onto the Danish throne Hamlet is at a loss. After being visited by the ghost of the old king, Hamlet sets out to regain his rightful place and to avenge his father's murder.

Packed full of political intrigue, violence, philosophy, and self discovery Hamlet is the king on the English language and literary cannon as well as showing the full breadth and depth of Shakespeare's genius.

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Opening night: 25 April 2018


Audio-Described Performance Sunday 8 July, 1.00pm Relaxed Performance Sunday 12 August, 1.00pm Captioned Performances Thursday 5 July, 7.30pm Saturday 28 July, 2.00pm BSL Interpreted Performances Tuesday 10 July, 7:30pm Sunday 29 July, 1.00pm

Cast and Creative


Michelle Terry as Hamlet
Catrin Aaron as Horatio
James Garnon as Claudius
Colin Hurley as the Ghost
Bettrys Jones as Laertes
Richard Katz as Polonius
Jack Laskey as Fortinbras
Nadia Nadarajah as Guildenstern
Pearce Quigley as Rosencrantz
Shubham Saraf as Ophelia
Helen Schlesinger as Gertrude
Tankia Yearwood as Marcellus

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Janet: “Loved Most of It”

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