Sherlock’s Andrew Scott delivers a career-defining Hamlet

June 2017

The Almeida Theatre’s rave-reviewed production of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet has transferred to the Harold Pinter Theatre in the West End.

Heading up a distinguished cast as Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, is BAFTA and Olivier Award-winning Andrew Scott – well known to fans of TV’s Sherlock – who delivers a “career-defining performance”, according to critics. They also praised the way in which Scott makes “the most famous speeches feel fresh and unpredictable.”

The cast includes RSC and National Theatre stalwart Juliet Stevenson (best known for Truly Madly Deeply) as Gertrude and Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey) as Ophelia. Angus Wright (Oresteia, 1984) plays Hamlet’s uncle Claudius.

This production of Hamlet, which is supported by Bruno Wang Productions, was created by the Almeida Theatre’s Associate Director Robert Icke (Mary Stuart, Uncle Vanya, Oresteia, Mr Burns, 1984), described as “one of the most important forces in today’s theatre.” in the Observer.

Critics have warmed to its minimalist and modern feel, enhanced by Bob Dylan songs that regularly float across the auditorium. “Shakespeare’s Elsinore has become a surveillance society in which rolling news provides juicy updates and the ghost of Hamlet’s father is monitored via CCTV,” says the Evening Standard, promising that the show is steeped in “Nordic Noir”.