by William Shakespeare
directed by Robert Icke
Friday 17 February – Saturday 8 April 2017
As rehearsals begin, the cast for HAMLET at the Almeida Theatre is announced. Barry Aird, Elliot Barnes-Worrell, Marty Cruickshank, Calum Findlay, Joshua Higgott, Amaka Okafor, Daniel Rabin, David Rintoul, Peter Wight, Angus Wright and Matthew Wynn join the previously announced Jessica Brown Findlay, Andrew Scott, Juliet Stevenson and Luke Thompson in a production directed by Almeida Associate Director Robert Icke.
ghost / devil
acting / madness
be / not be
HAMLET is designed by Hildegard Bechtler, with lighting by Natasha Chivers, sound by Tom Gibbons, and video design by Tal Yarden. The Associate Director is Daniel Raggett. Casting is by Julia Horan.
Barry Aird’s theatre credits include Hamlet at the Barbican; Othello for Frantic Assembly; The Mousetrap and The Shawshank Redemption in the West End; Measure for Measure; Hamlet for Theatre Royal Plymouth and on tour; The Sons of York at the Finborough Theatre; What the Butler Saw at Salisbury Playhouse; Watership Down at the Lyric Hammersmith and on tour; The Taming of the Shrew at Bristol Old Vic; Speaking Like Magpies; Sejanus His Fall; Believe What You Will; Sir Thomas Moore; Othello; Henry VIII; The Merry Wives of Windsor; Camino Real; and St Erkanwald for the RSC. Television includes Berlin Station; Marcella; Close to the Enemy; Peaky Blinders; Doctor Who; Love and Marriage; Merlin; Lewis; Misfits; Survivors; Dracula; and Being Human. Film includes The Marker; City of Tiny Lights; Avengers: Age of Ultron; Dungeons and Dragons: The Book of Vile Darkness; and Eleven Fifty-Nine.
Elliot Barnes-Worrell’s theatre includes Man and Superman at the National Theatre; Richard II, The Two Gentleman of Verona; and Henry IV, Part I & 2 for the RSC; The Loneliness of The Long Distance Runner for Pilot Theatre at York Theatre Royal and on tour; and Loyalty at Hampstead Theatre. Television includes Jericho; Poirot and Doctor Who; and film includes Ready Player One.
Jessica Brown Findlay has previously appeared in Uncle Vanya at the Almeida and Oresteia at the Almeida and Trafalgar Studios. Her television credits include Downton Abbey, The Outcast, Jamaica Inn, Labyrinth and Black Mirror: 15 Million Merits. Her film credits include Albatross (nominated for her performance in the Best Newcomer categories at the 2012 British Independent Film Awards and the Evening Standard Film Awards), Winter’s Tale, Lullaby, The Riot Club, Victor Frankenstein, Steven and This Beautiful Fantastic.
Marty Cruickshank’s theatre includes Richard II; The Heresy of Love; Hamlet; and Love in a Wood for the RSC and A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream for the RSC and Garsington Opera; After Electra at the Tricycle Theatre; Exit the King for Theatre Royal, Bath; Early Days; A Fair Quarrel; and The World Turned Upside Down for the National Theatre; Much Ado About Nothing and Two Clouds Over Eden at the Royal Exchange; London Wall at the Finborough Theatre and in the West End; Pygmalion at Chichester Festival Theatre and in the West End; Summer Lightning; Habeas Corpus; Quartermaine’s Terms at the Royal & Derngate; A Delicate Balance at Nottingham Playhouse; and A Flea in Her Ear at the West Yorkshire Playhouse. Television includes Babs; Line of Duty; Lewis; Spooks; Kavanagh QC; Faith in the Future; and Unnatural Pursuits. Film includes London Wall; I, Anna; and The Fool. As a writer, Marty’s credits include The Princess of Cleves for ICA; A Difficult Age for English Touring Theatre; Why Things Happen for Second Stride; and Bathing Elizabeth for Channel 4/Warner Sisters.
Calum Finlay’s theatre credits include The Ghost Train and Too Clever By Half at Manchester Royal Exchange; Dunsinane for the RSC and National Theatre of Scotland and The Merry Wives of Windsor; The Mouse and His Child; Macbeth and Jubilee for the RSC; Tartuffe at Birmingham Repertory Theatre; and The Prince of Denmark for the National Theatre.
Joshua Higgott has previously appeared in Oresteia (also Trafalgar Studios) and 1984 for the Almeida Theatre and in the West End. Past theatre credits include Shakespeare in Love at the Noël Coward Theatre; The Alchemist for Liverpool Everyman; Regeneration for Royal & Derngate Theatre; Birdsong UK Tour; and Twelfth Night at the Cambridge Arts Theatre. His film credits include Darkest Hour; The Mummy; Juliet Remembered; and The Machine.
Amaka Okafor’s theatre credits includes Peter Pan at the National Theatre; I See You at the Royal Court; Hamlet at the Barbican; Mermaid for Shared Experience; Glasgow Girls for the National Theatre of Scotland, Citizens Theatre and Theatre Royal Stratford East; Flathampton for the Royal & Derngate; Dr Korczak’s Example for the Royal Exchange and Arcola Theatre; The Bacchae for the National Theatre of Scotland; Branded and Hitting Heights at the Old Vic; and Meantime at Soho Theatre. Amaka was in the Ensemble at The Unicorn Theatre for two years.
Daniel Rabin is currently appearing in Mary Stuart at the Almeida and previously appeared in 1984 for the Almeida in the West End. Other theatre includes Pericles; The Winter’s Tale; King John; Tis Pity She’s a Whore; Anthony and Cleopatra; and Holy Warriors at Shakespeare’s Globe; Oedipus for Nottingham Playhouse and the Spoleto Festival; Ignorance at Hampstead Theatre; Blue Remembered Hills at Chichester Festival Theatre; and The Bomb at the Tricycle Theatre. Television includes The Royals; Game of Thrones; Ambassadors; Our Men; Henry – Mind of a Tyrant; The Roman Mysteries; and Money Can’t Buy You Love. Film includes Lilac’s Laughter; Mind The Gap; and Two’s Company.
David Rintoul’s theatre credits include Nell Gwynn for Shakespeare’s Globe and at the Apollo Theatre; Remembrance of Things Past; The World Turned Upside Down; The Trojan War Will Not Take Place; A Midsummer Night’s Dream; and The Rivals at the National Theatre; The Roaring Girl; The White Devil; The Witch of Edmonton; The Taming of the Shrew; Breakfast with Mugabe; The American Pilot; Keepers of the Flame; Henry IV, Parts I & II; Edward III; and Island Princess at the RSC; The Speculator at the Traverse Theatre; As You Like It and Map of the Heart at Shakespeare’s Globe; The Big Fella and Anderson’s English for Out of Joint; Gaslight and Phaedra for the Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh; Dirty Dancing at Aldwych Theatre; Lady Windermere’s Fan; The Winslow Boy; and Putting It Together for Chichester Festival Theatre; An Ideal Husband and Macbeth for the Old Vic; and Etta Jenks and Sergeant Ola and his Followers for the Royal Court. Television includes Game of Thrones; Muncie; Silk; Doctor Finlay; The Bible; Injustice; Private Practice; Pride and Prejudice; Taggart; The Cherry Orchard; Hornblower; Poirot; and Sweet Medicine. Film includes The Iron Lady; My Week with Marilyn; Unrelated; and The Ghost Writer.
Andrew Scott will play Hamlet. Andrew most recently appeared in The Dazzle at Found111. His other theatre credits include Olivier Award-winning performances in Cock and A Girl in a Car with a Man, as well as Birdland, Dying City, Crave and Playing The Victim at the Royal Court; 50 Years on Stage, Sea Wall, Emperor and Galilean and Aristocrats at the National Theatre; Design for Living and Dublin Carol at the Old Vic; and The Vertical Hour on Broadway. His recent films include Swallows and Amazons; Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass; Spectre, Jimmy’s Hall, Victor Frankenstein, Locke, Pride (BIFA Award for Best Supporting Actor). Forthcoming films include Denial, Handsome Devil. Television credits include his BAFTA winning role as Moriarty in the BBC’s Sherlock, The Hollow Crown, The Town, The Hour, John Adams and Band of Brothers. He has twice won the BBC Audio Drama award for his work on Radio.
Juliet Stevenson is currently sharing the role of Mary Stuart and Elizabeth I with Lia Williams in Mary Stuart at the Almeida, having previously appeared here in Duet for One. Other theatre credits include Winnie in Beckett’s Happy Days at the Young Vic; The Seagull, Private Lives, Caucasian Chalk Circle, Hedda Gabler and Yerma for the National Theatre; Les Liaisons Dangereuses, As You Like It, Troilus and Cressida, Measure for Measure and A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the RSC; The Heretic, Alice and Death and The Maiden (Olivier Award for Best Actress) at the Royal Court. Her film credits include Departure, Mona Lisa Smile, Bend it Like Beckham, Emma, Truly Madly Deeply and the upcoming Let Me Go. Her television credits include The Enfield Haunting, The Village, White Heat, The Accused, The Road from Coorain, The Politician’s Wife and One of Us. She was awarded a CBE in 1999 for her services to drama.
Luke Thompson previously appeared in Oresteia at the Almeida and at Trafalgar Studios. His other theatre credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream (shortlisted for the Evening Standard Outstanding Newcomer award), Blue Stockings, Julius Caesar and The Broken Heart at Shakespeare’s Globe; Tiger Country at Hampstead Theatre. Television credits include The Suspicions of Mr Whicher and In the Club. Film includes Making Noise Quietly.
Peter Wight’s theatre credits include The Red Lion; Ivanov; Sleep With Me; Murmuring Judges; The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui; Black Snow; and Waiting for Godot at the National Theatre; Trelawny of The Wells at the Donmar Warehouse; In Basildon; Otherwise Engaged; Chekhov’s Women in the West End; The Spanish Tragedy; Much Ado About Nothing; Barbarians; A Clockwork Orange; and Hamlet for the RSC; Mouth to Mouth, The Seagull (also Broadway) , In The Republic of Happiness; In Basildon (also West End); Face to the Wall; and Not A Game for Boys at the Royal Court; The Caretaker for the Globe Warsaw; Edward II at the Royal Exchange Manchester; Dearly Beloved and Grace for Hampstead Theatre. Television includes Brief Encounters; I Want My Wife Back; Our Zoo; The Mimic; The Paradise; Hit and Miss; Public Enemies; Titanic; Money; Monday Monday; Boy Meets Girl; 10 Days to War; Party Animals; Dalziel and Pascoe; Persuasion; Fantabulosa!; Murder Prevention; Early Doors; Room at the Top; The Security Men; and Uncle Adolf. Film includes The Program; Mr Turner; King of Soho; Another Year; Kon-Tiki; Hard Boiled Sweets; Womb; Atonement; Hot Fuzz; Lassie; Babel; Pride and Prejudice; and Vera Drake.
Angus Wright has previously appeared in Oresteia (also Trafalgar Studios), 1984 in the West End, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the Almeida. Other theatre credits include The Cherry Orchard at the Young Vic; Twelfth Night & Richard III for Shakespeare’s Globe on Broadway; Privates on Parade in the West End; The Master and Margarita for Complicite; The Cat in The Hat at the National Theatre and Young Vic; Wastwater at the Royal Court; Design for Living at the Old Vic; The Merchant of Venice; Hamlet; Talk of the City; The Theban Plays; The Dybbuk; Henry IV Parts 1 & 2 for the RSC; Measure for Measure for Complicite and the National Theatre, Mrs Affleck; War Horse; Saint Joan; The Seagull; Dream Play; Stuff Happens; Three Sisters; Chips with Everything; and Mother Courage at the National Theatre. Television includes Flowers; Peep Show; Father Brown; Being Human; Breathless; Murder on the Home Front; Above Suspicion; Boudica; Cambridge Spies; The Shooting of Thomas Hurndall; The Way We Live Now; and Between the Lines. Film includes A Little Chaos; Jack Ryan; Maleficent; Closed Circuit; Private Peaceful; The Iron Lady; Affair of the Necklace; Kingdom of Heaven; RKO 281; The Bank Job; Bridget Jones’s Diary; Charlotte Gray; Cutthroat Island; First Knight; Labyrinth; and Frankenstein.
Matthew Wynn’s theatre credits include Measure for Measure at the Young Vic; Henry V and A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Nuffield Theatre, Southampton; The Guardsman at the Albery Theatre; and Bouncers for Wakefield Theatre Royal and Hull Truck. Film includes Interview With A Hitman; Leave To Remain; and Aberdeen. Television includes Silent Witness; Spooks; Man Down; Mount Pleasant; The Real Essex Boys; 55 Degrees North; Harry & Cosh and Byker Grove.
Almeida Associate Director Robert Icke has adapted and directed Mary Stuart, Uncle Vanya, Oresteia (also West End; won the Critics’ Circle and Evening Standard Awards for Best Director) and the multi-award winning 1984 with Duncan Macmillan (also West End as well as playing several UK and international tours) at the Almeida. His work as a director includes The Fever at The May Fair Hotel, Mr Burns at the Almeida, Boys and Romeo and Juliet for Headlong. He made his National Theatre debut directing The Red Barn, at the Lyttelton Theatre in October 2016.