Hamlet at Artscape offers local theatre lovers and Grade 12 learners a last chance to see Abrahamse & Meyer’s acclaimed production, before the production transfers to the original setting of Shakespeare’s most revered masterpiece – Kronborg Castle in Elsinore, Denmark. The play will run from 1 to 9 April 2020 at Artscape.
The Abrahamse & Meyer production of Hamlet originally premiered at the 2015 National Arts Festival and has since played to rave reviews and standing ovations across Europe, South Africa and the United States of America. Critics have praised the production as a “tour de force” and “a masterpiece” while the critic for The Huffington Post in America stated “I thought I had seen a decent Hamlet before, but Abrahamse & Meyer Production’s Hamlet made my other viewing experience seem amateur by comparison. The excellent performances, innovative interpretations of the text, and bold design choices all came together to create a transcendent production that I will not soon forget.”
Hamlet at Artscape team
Hamlet features direction and set design by Fred Abrahamse, lighting by Faheem Bardien, costumes by Marcel Meyer and an original score by Charl-Johan Lingenfelder.
Joining Meyer in the cast are original company members Matthew Baldwin (Ophelia and Guildenstern) and Jeremy Richard (Laertes and Rosencrantz). This year Graham Hopkins (Claudius), Rob van Vuuren (Horatio and Polonius) and Tailyn Ramsamy (Gertrude) join the company. Veteran classical actor, Graham Hopkins, was last seen in the mother city as Martin Dysart in Peter Shaffer’s Equus for which he just received a Fleur du Cap Best Actor nomination. Rob van Vuuren is no stranger to mother city audiences both as celebrated stand-up comedian and award-winning actor. Newcomer, Tailyn Ramsamy, made his professional stage debut in Abrahamse & Meyer’s production of Macbeth in 2018.
What: Hamlet at Artscape
Where and when: 1 to 9 April 2020 at Artscape
Book: Computicket or Artscape-Dial-A-Seat 021421 7695