Hamlet: Prince of Denmark

starring Nicholas Limm and Kerry Gooderson
By William Shakespeare

A company of seasoned classical actors embrace the brutality of the greatest play ever written. A gripping, ensemble style brings exhilaration and violence to the unforgettable music and delicacy of the words.

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Shakespeare for the Game of Thrones generation.

A company of seasoned classical actors embrace the brutality of the greatest play ever written. A gripping, ensemble style brings exhilaration and violence to the unforgettable music and delicacy of the words.

The King of Denmark is dead. Consumed with grief, Prince Hamlet devotes himself to avenging his father’s death with devastating consequences for his family and the Kingdom.

The spirit of a murdered king, the wrath of a vengeful son, and the turmoil of Denmark in 1601. Shakespeare’s most iconic and challenging play tells the tale of young Prince Hamlet avenging his father’s death and fighting the new King who stole his throne.

Blending traditional and physical theatre with a musical score, this muscular production brings vividly to life some of literature’s most vibrant language and characters in a way you’ve never seen before: bold, exciting, and action-packed.

The Cast

Neil McEwan

"If this is what comes from flying too close to the sun,

then long may they continue"

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Creative Team

Director: Max Lewendel
Production Manager:
Theo Holloway
Technical PM: Lisa Berrystone
Set Designer: Curtis C. Trout
Costume Designer: Kate Unwin, Isabella Van Braeckel
Sound & Music: Theo Holloway
Lighting Designer: Declan Randall
Company SM: Alexandra Kataigida, Nathan Hughes
Re-lighter/TSM: Stevie Carty
Graphic Artist: Obsidian Designs, Alison Hooper, Rebecca Maltby
Photographer: George Riddell
Marketing: Arsalan Sattari
Original Set Design: Christopher Hone
Costume Fabrication: Harriet Dyson, Laura Le Bayon
Asst Lighting Design: Stevie Carty
Master Carpenter: Sophie Skelton
Props Master: Lisa Berrystone
Scenic Artist: Isa Shaw-Abulafia
Hair and Makeup: Tabitha Mei-Bo Li
Fight Director: Ronin Traynor
Fight Assistant: Alexandra Kataigida
Movement Director: Caroline Mueller
Movement Assistant: Amaia Mugica
Assistant Director: Owen Lindsay
SM Intern: Sam Rayner-Adams
Voice Coach: Nick Trumble

Trailer Crew:

Director: Martin Gooch
Editor: Theo Holloway
DOP: Mark Hammond
Art Department: Inma Cook
Makeup: Layan Nourouz
Crew: Lisa Berrystone
Camera Assistant: David Creed
Location: Thornbury Castle

Cast:

Hamlet: Nicholas Limm
Ophelia: Kerry Gooderson
Claudius: Will Harrison-Wallace
Gertrude: Portia Booroff
Polonius: Robert Harris-Hughes
Laertes: Andrew Venning
Rosencrantz: Virginia V. Hartmann
Guildenstern: James Heatlie
Horatio: Camille Marmié

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Icarus takes on this challenging and daunting play, arguably the world's greatest dramatic work, with a nine-person cast in a rivetingly refreshing kineric style, cutting the original text to around two hours 30 minutes.


No passive, pensive Hamlet in this production!

This will be clear, kinetic, and above all

accessible, perfect for newcomers to the

bard as well as aficionados of Shakespearean language.


Performance style draws from Greek traditions and contemporary ensemble performance with Grotowski, Laban, and Stanislavski embraced. Classical Danish and Greek design concepts supported by rich production values bring this production to audiences across the UK.


Free programmes for school groups (normally £2 - £3)

Neil McEwan

"If this is what comes from flying too close to the sun,

then long may they continue"

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Reviews

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Gillian Carter, The Tribe

Following on from last year's excellent production of Othello, Icarus Theatre Collective and Harrogate Theatre made their return to the Byre with another Shakespearean favourite, Hamlet, directed by Max Lewendel. For a protagonist who could easily become melodramatic, Giles Roberts made Hamlet believable and moved seamlessly through his emotional transformations. Loren O'Dair was similarly convincing as Ophelia, continually engaging when on stage despite having comparatively few lines. The casting of Dani McCallum as a female Horatio must also be noted for turning the traditional Shakespearean concept of men playing women on its head and adding an interesting dynamic to Horatio's relationship with Hamlet, not unaided by her compelling acting.

Prija Gulraj, Hertford Mercury

Giles Roberts of Icarus Theatre Collective gave a poignant performance as the grief stricken Hamlet, sharing the loss of his father in both his madness and his melancholy. The tragic hero was supported by a strong cast, highlighted by a stark contrast in the brooding Laertes (Nick Holbek) and a powerful performance by John Eastman as Polonius and as the ghost of his dead father.

Helene Reinbolt, Beats Boards Banter

The Icarus Theatre is not shy when it comes to defying the rules and presenting things in the darkest of lights. If you weren't familiar with Hamlet then the full page write up on depression in the programme would have been your first clue of what was to follow. However, if you were familiar with The Great Dane then director Max Lewendel's spin on the classic tale of revenge, madness, deception and sexuality still held surprises in store.

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RemoteGoat

★★★★★
"Icarus Theatre fly into London on waxen wings, which, after this compelling production, show no sign of melting any time soon, A fine production, and a fantastic example of a writer and performer at the top of their game".

How to be a Bad Girl

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★★★★
"Chap's cheeky, witty and bold personality shines through as she sings the stories of her own life, and sometimes others - all with wonderful vocal ability and tone that excites and engages the mixed crowd that packed in to the room to see her."
Lucy Samson

Macbeth

Carrick Biz

★★★★
"Five Stars alone are due to the designers of the simple set and the expressive mood-setting lighting and sound. You'll find out what a bane-moon looks like."
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Review Sphere

[Their] adaptation truly had rebranded Hamlet for the Game of Thrones age. It was daring and experimental and often risky, but it worked and proved that it is indeed a living and ever fluid piece of literature"
Caroline Malcolm Boulton

Trial of Galileo

RemoteGoat

"Icarus Theatre fly into London on waxen wings, which, after this compelling production, show no sign of melting any time soon, A fine production, and a fantastic example of a writer and performer at the top of their game".

How to be a Bad Girl

Deadline News

"Chap's cheeky, witty and bold personality shines through as she sings the stories of her own life, and sometimes others - all with wonderful vocal ability and tone that excites and engages the mixed crowd that packed in to the room to see her." Lucy Samson

Macbeth

Carrick Biz

"Five Stars alone are due to the designers of the simple set and the expressive mood-setting lighting and sound. You'll find out what a bane-moon looks like." David Kerr

Hamlet

Review Sphere

Icarus Theatre Collective's adaptation truly had rebranded Hamlet for the Game of Thrones age. It was daring and experimental and often risky, but it worked and proved that it is indeed a living and ever fluid piece of literature." Caroline Malcolm Boulton

Many Roads to Paradise

Uk Theatre Web

★★★★★
"For many reason this play should be seen by everyone. Drama students and theatre-lovers alike will applaud fine acting by the strongest of casts, you would pay a lot of money in the West End for a class act like this"
Gene David Kirk

Journeys End

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★★★★
"Journey’s End’ is very much an ensemble piece and it would be difficult and probably rather unfair to pick out one actor over another. Each and every performance is consummately delivered." Steve Burbridge

At the Mountains of Madness

Ija Pona

★★★★★
"We were treated to a show that was true to the H. P. Lovecraft original and made the hair stand up on the back of my neck. I experienced frisson during last night."

Romeo & Juliet

British Theatre Guide

★★★★
Max Lewendel’s careful direction makes perfect sense of the tricky text, finding as much humour as possible in the early comic scenes. He keeps his actors on the move, each with purpose and justified intention.
Helen Brown

Many Roads to Paradise

Uk Theatre Web

★★★★★
"For many reason this play should be seen by everyone. Drama students and theatre-lovers alike will applaud fine acting by the strongest of casts, you would pay a lot of money in the West End for a class act like this"
Gene David Kirk

Journeys End

The Public Reviews

★★★★
"Journey’s End’ is very much an ensemble piece and it would be difficult and probably rather unfair to pick out one actor over another. Each and every performance is consummately delivered." Steve Burbridge

At the Mountains of Madness

Ija Pona

★★★★★
"We were treated to a show that was true to the H. P. Lovecraft original and made the hair stand up on the back of my neck. I experienced frisson during last night."

Romeo & Juliet

British Theatre Guide

★★★★
Max Lewendel’s careful direction makes perfect sense of the tricky text, finding as much humour as possible in the early comic scenes. He keeps his actors on the move, each with purpose and justified intention.
Helen Brown