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Hamlet

A story of revenge, passion and deception, this is a Hamlet for our time.

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  • The Sydney Opera House is registered as a COVID Safe business with the NSW Government.
  • We strongly recommend that patrons over the age of 12 wear a face mask while attending a performance inside one of our venues.
  • As you move around the Opera House, practise physical distancing (1.5 meters whenever possible) and follow the guidance provided by our staff and signage. 
  • Within venues, please adhere to our spaced seating plans and always take your allocated seat.
  • There are new COVID-specific conditions of entry for audiences attending performances. This includes the circumstances under which you must not attend the Opera House, and what’s required of you when you visit. Please read about them here.
“This is what Shakespeare should be”

Sydney Morning Herald

Iconic and tragic 

Originally programmed for Bell Shakespeare’s 30th anniversary season in 2020, Peter Evans’ critically acclaimed production of one of Shakespeare’s most iconic and tragic works returns in 2021.

Inside the glamorous court of Denmark in the 1960s, a family is torn apart by murder and betrayal. Outside, a country is threatened by Norway. And at the centre of this struggle is a man brimming with anguish. Hamlet is a portrait of a young man struggling with the death of his father, his mother’s hasty remarriage to his uncle, and the vision of his father’s ghost looming in his mind’s eye.

Featuring Harriet Gordon-Anderson as a young man experiencing grief in its most complex and profound state, this is Hamlet told through the lens of pain, loss and betrayal.

This is the world of politics, where human desire for retribution quickly becomes a burden to struggle against. Set against a classically timeless backdrop where family cannot be trusted, friendships turn adversarial and the ghost of his father pushes Hamlet’s entire world to its brink.

Ordered to kill. Tempted to resist. Live or die.

Presented by Bell Shakespeare.

Production Patron: The Low Family Foundation 
Hamlet Season Partner: La Trobe Financial 

CREATIVES

Director Peter Evans
Designer Anna Tregloan
Lighting Designer Benjamin Cisterne
Composer & Sound Designer Max Lyandvert
Video Designer Laura Turner
Movement & Fight Director Nigel Poulton
Voice & Text Coach Jess Chambers
Dramaturg James Evans

CAST

Harriet Gordon-Anderson Hamlet
Jeremi Campese Rosencrantz
Tony Cogin Ghost / Player King / Gravedigger
Jack Crumlin Laertes / Player
James Evans Horatio
James Lugton Claudius
Jane Mahady Guildenstern
Robert Menzies Polonius

Venue Information

Our venues are currently operating at reduced capacity (75%) and you may be seated next to other patrons.

Tickets will mostly be sold in multiples of two, however limited allocations of single tickets and odd numbered groupings of tickets will also be available. Tickets may also be sold in single seat patterns for certain events. At all times, we will do our best to support your needs, but please bear in mind that this will be subject to the restrictions in place at that time.

Please help us to maintain safety by wearing your mask at all times inside the venue, remaining in your allocated seat and facing the stage. Please be aware that guests seated in your row may need to walk past you to get to their seat.

Our foyers will be open 60 minutes pre-show for Joan Sutherland Theatre performances, and two hours pre-show for Western Foyer venue performances. Refreshments will be available for purchase from our theatre bars, and should be consumed while seated in specific foyer spaces to maintain physical distancing. Drinks purchased at our theatre bars can also be taken into venues for most performances. Please note that unless advised otherwise, theatre bars will not be open during intervals. Drinking water is available at all times.

Transport options

  • We encourage you to use private transport options to minimise crowding on public transport (in line with NSW Government advice).  
  • The Sydney Opera House Wilson car park is open and available to use. Wilson Parking is currently offering a $10 discounted rate if you book ahead, please see their website for details.
  • Please check the Transport NSW website for the latest advice and information on travel and COVID-19 safety measures. You can catch public transport (bus, train, ferry) to Circular Quay and enjoy a 6 min walk to the Opera House. 

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