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Hamlet – Royal Exchange, Manchester

Maxine Peak 2We will be showing two performances of Hamlet, which recorded in October 2014 at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester on Monday 23th March and again on Sunday 12th April.

After murdering his own brother, King Hamlet, the devious Claudius succeeds him to the throne and even marries his widow, Gertrude. Prince Hamlet seeks revenge and sets about to overthrow his evil uncle, which results in tragedy.

Hamlet is one of Shakespeare’s most celebrated works, and its concoction of murder, betrayal, loyalty and love has captivated audiences for hundreds of years. BAFTA nominated actress Maxine Peake stars in this fresh adaptation which is a perfect blend of old and new.

Vue are proud to screen the production filmed live from its sell-out run at Manchester’s Royal Exchange, where it was the venue’s fastest selling show of the last 10 years.

Hamlet has been hailed a triumph by some of the most discerning critics; The Guardian described Peake’s star turn as ‘’delicately ferocious’’, while the Manchester Evening News declared it to be ‘’a milestone Hamlet’’.  The acclaimed Sarah Frankcom directs.

From its sell-out run at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre comes this unique and critically acclaimed production of Shakespeare’s tragic Hamlet. In this stripped-back, fresh and fast-paced version, BAFTA nominee Maxine Peake creates a Hamlet for now, giving a performance hailed as “delicately ferocious” by The Guardian and “a milestone Hamlet” by the Manchester Evening News.

Hamlet is Shakespeare’s most iconic work. The play explodes with big ideas and is the ultimate story of loyalty, love, betrayal, murder and madness. Hamlet’s father is dead and Denmark has crowned a new king. Consumed by grief, he struggles to exact revenge, with devastating consequences.

This groundbreaking stage production, directed by Sarah Frankcom, was the Royal Exchange’s fastest-selling show in a decade. Alongside Maxine Peake as the eponymous prince, a number of other roles, including Polonious and Rosencrantz, are also played by women. Hamlet is brought to cinemas by director Margaret Williams, whose Written on Skin for the Royal Opera House/BBC won the Gramophone Contemporary Award and the Diapason d’or, and producers Anne Beresford and Debbie Gray, the team behind the highly successful cinema broadcast of Peter Grimes on Aldeburgh Beach.

Please arrive by 6.30pm to register and to order interval drinks if you wish.

The George Inn serves meals – please contact them directly on 01298 871382 if you would like to book a pre-show meal.

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