BBC Two to broadcast Robert Icke’s critically-acclaimed production of Hamlet starring Andrew Scott
The staging in a modern-day Denmark makes for a startlingly resonant and challenging production. I am delighted that it is coming to BBC Two.Patrick Holland, Controller, BBC Two
BBC Two viewers will have a front row seat at the innovative production, which transferred to the West End’s Harold Pinter Theatre for a limited season following a sell-out run at the Almeida this year. The run comes to an end at the Harold Pinter Theatre on 2 September 2017.
The production has received widespread acclaim with critics describing it as a “first-class production” (Financial Times), “an all-consuming marvel” (The Observer) and “extraordinarily, heartbreakingly beautiful” (Time Out).
Patrick Holland, Controller, BBC Two says: “Andrew Scott's Hamlet is utterly thrilling. His performance makes each familiar word of the play feel like it is being newly discovered. The staging in a modern-day Denmark makes for a startlingly resonant and challenging production. I am delighted that it is coming to BBC Two.”
Robert Icke, Director (and Almeida Theatre Associate Director) says: “It has been a real joy to work with such a gifted and dedicated company of actors on bringing this most-famous play to audiences in 2017. The production has been on a wonderful journey from the Almeida to the West End, and I am very much looking forward to this next step on BBC Two. To be able to offer our version of Hamlet to as wide and diverse an audience as possible has always been of paramount importance to us, and now we are thrilled to be able to bring it to people across the country.”
The production stars Andrew Scott as Hamlet, Angus Wright as Claudius, Jessica Brown Findlay as Ophelia and Juliet Stevenson as Gertrude. The cast is completed with Barry Aird (Francesico/Gravedigger), Madeline Appiah (Guildenstern), Marty Cruickshank (Player Queen), Calum Finlay (Rosencrantz), Joshua Higgott (Horatio), Daniel Rabin (Reynaldo), David Rintoul (Ghost/Player King), Maanuv Thiara (Marcellus), Luke Thompson (Laertes), Peter Wight (Polonius) and Matthew Wynn (Bernardo, Player 3, Priest).
Produced by Ambassador Theatre Group, Sonia Friedman Productions and the Almeida, Hamlet has designs by Hildegard Bechtler, with lighting by Natasha Chivers, sound by Tom Gibbons, and video design by Tal Yarden. Casting is by Julia Horan.
Hamlet will broadcast on BBC Two in 2018.
The programme was commissioned by Patrick Holland, Controller, BBC Two and Emma Cahusac, Commissioning Editor, Arts and is produced by John Wyver at Illuminations Television.
Pictured: Andrew Scott as Hamlet. Credit: Manuel Harlan