Hamlet Begins RADA Theatre Run
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Hamlet Begins RADA Theatre Run

After a successful preview for family/friends, Hamlet officially began its 3 week run through September, at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts.

I have added HQ production stills to the gallery, courtesy of Torrilla.

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Although entry was only through ballot, and not open for press, a number of people were accepted and attended the opening night and were able to provide reviews for national newspapers. Snippets of these reviews are posted below. Congratulations to Tom who has received exceptional reviews for his portrayal as Hamlet!

Yet the first performance had none of the air-kissing ballyhoo one associates with first nights. If anything, the occasion was remarkable for the traditionalism of Branagh’s production, the romanticism of Hiddleston’s Hamlet and the rapt concentration of the audience…But, if I had to pick out Hiddleston’s key quality, it would be his ability to combine a sweet sadness with an incandescent fury. He suggests a fierce intellect gnawed by intense melancholy and yet subject to bouts of intemperate rage.

The Guardian

And as for the main event, Hiddleston? His Hamlet is proactive, masculine, edgy to the point of aggression – and definitely, absolutely sane. His madness is a ruse, through and through. Having decided to “be mad by craft”, he appears wrapped in the flag of Denmark with his face painted in the national colours, like a hardcore football fan.

The Telegraph

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Tom Set To Appear As Hamlet In New Theatre Production
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Tom Set To Appear As Hamlet In New Theatre Production

Tom had been taking an extended break from acting the past number of months after back to back promotions for Crimson Peak, I Saw the Light and Kong: Skull Island, but today came the news that he is to star in a new RADA theatre production of the Shakespeare play; Hamlet.

He is once again working alongside Kenneth Branagh, whom he starred alongside in Wallander and also with Thor, as Kenneth directed the movie.

Money made from the ticket sales will go directly to the fund established to help regenerate the RADA facilities. Tom is a notable alumni of RADA, also known as The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

The production is in aid of the RADA Attenborough Campaign to support the transformation of RADA’s Chenies Street site in London, further developing the Academy as a world-leader in dramatic arts training.

Hamlet is a tragedy play set in ancient Denmark written by Shakespeare between the years of 1599 and 1602. It tells the story of Prince Hamlet, who bears witness to his father’s ghost after his death.

Tom is following in the footsteps of Andrew Lee Scott and Benedict Cumberbatch who have recently played the character in other theatre productions. Of the play announcement, Tom said:

I hope the funds raised by the production will help RADA continue to provide a wider field of equal opportunity to train actors, stage managers and technical theatre artists, from every background, to a standard of excellence and professionalism. We need to keep the doors open for everyone.

The theatre production itself will run from 1 – 23 September at the Jerwood Vanbrugh Theatre in London. The ballot for tickets opened today at 12pm, and will continue until 6pm Sunday 6th August. Only 2 tickets can be bought per person. Costs range from £15 – £95.

Via the RADA Hamlet site, you can book your tickets, as well as view the dates and times of the play.

For more updates you can follow Branagh Theatre on Twitter.

Sources
Metro
RADA Hamlet

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