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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Tom receives nomination for the Oliver Awards!

Tom Hiddleston has been recognised for his work in “Coriolanus” with a nomination for the Olivier Awards! He’s up for “Best Actor” against Henry Goodman, Rory Kinnear and Jude Law.

Best Actor

Henry Goodman for The Resistible Rise Of Arturo Ui at the Duchess Theatre

Tom Hiddleston for Coriolanus at the Donmar Warehouse

Rory Kinnear for Othello at the National Theatre, Olivier

Jude Law for Henry V at the Noel Coward Theatre

View the complete list of nominees here.

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“Coriolanus” extends, opens ballot for tickets

The Donmar Warehouse’s sold-out production of Coriolanus starring Tom Hiddleston has extended by six performances, taking the run to 13 February 2014.

In order to get tickets for the extra performances, theatregoers are being asked to enter a ballot . Winners will then be able to book up to two tickets for their selected performance. The deadline for entries is midnight on 19 January.

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Tom’s interview for The Telegraph

The Telegraph has published a new exclusive interview with Tom on their website. Read it below:

There is an electric atmosphere in the auditorium of the Donmar Warehouse – more befitting a rock concert than a Shakespearean tragedy – as the audience waits for a preview performance of Coriolanus to begin. Five years since he last appeared on this small stage as a little-known actor, Tom Hiddleston is returning as a bona fide film star.
At 32 Hiddleston has achieved the kind of success that most young actors can only dream of. His performance as

Captain Nicholls in Steven Spielberg’s 2011 adaptation of the National Theatre’s War Horse was by far the film’s most memorable. But it is as Loki in Marvel Comics’ blockbusting Thor franchise that Hiddleston has generated an obsessive following.

When he made a surprise appearance in character at the international Comic-Con convention in San Diego last summer, some members of the hysterical 7,000-strong crowd actually knelt in worship. At last count, his Twitter following was approaching a million.

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Tom Hiddleston Wows Critics In Shakespeare’s ‘Coriolanus’

Tom Hiddleston has gone from the theater to “Thor” and back again. The British actor has returned to his classical stage roots with an acclaimed starring role in William Shakespeare’s “Coriolanus.”

“Shakespeare led me to superheroes,” Hiddleston told Wednesday’s edition of the Evening Standard newspaper, as critics raved about his performance in the Bard’s blood-soaked tragedy at London’s Donmar Warehouse.

Hiddleston made a splash at the 250-seat venue in a 2008 production of “Othello” starring Chiwetel Ejiofor. Director Kenneth Branagh later cast him in the superhero film “Thor,” and he has gone on to star as the Norse hero’s evil brother Loki in three Marvel Studios movies. He also recently played a bohemian vampire alongside Tilda Swinton in Jim Jarmusch’s “Only Lovers Left Alive.” He returns to the stage as the anti-hero of Shakespeare’s final tragedy. In some ways the character is the dark flipside of warrior-king Henry V — a role Hiddleston played in the BBC’s Shakespearean series “The Hollow Crown.”

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