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Schaubühne Berlin, Germany

Hamlet | Bord Gáis Energy Theatre | Sept 25 – 27

Hamlet by William Shakespeare at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre 25 Sept - 27 Sept 2014

Hamlet explodes onto the stage of the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre as one of the world's great theatre houses, Berlin's Schaubühne, makes its long-awaited return to the festival following the sold-out run of Hedda Gabler in 2006.

Hamlet stands on the brink of emotional decay. The last person with scruples in a system with none, he struggles to maintain his grip on the paranoia and indecision that threatens to tip him over the edge. Mud-soaked and dangerous, spurred on by night-time visions and desperate for revenge, he forces the world to its knees.

On and around a spectacular stage covered in earth, blood and water, Thomas Ostermeier’s thrilling production cracks with energy, immediacy and raw physicality. Six remarkable actors play 20 characters in Denmark’s corrupt court, breathing new life into this classic Shakespearean story of politics, passion, murder and betrayal.

  • Performed in German with English surtitles.*
  • Contains loud, sudden noises.
  • Co-production: Hellenic Festival Athens and Festival d'Avignon.
  • *In surtitled performances an English-language translation of the dialogue is projected as captions onto a screen above the stage

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Proudly supported by The Doyle Collection              

Information and Tickets:

  • Venue: Bord Gáis Energy Theatre
  • Dates: Thurs 25 – Sat 27 Sept, 7.30pm
  • Tickets: €15 – €40. Please note that tickets can be collected at the venue only.
  • Duration: 2 hrs 45 mins. No interval, however re-admittance is permitted throughout the performance.
  • Talking Theatre: Sept 26, post-show. With members of the company.

Media Gallery:


"This mind-blowing, spit-hurling, earth-moving evening... is about what theatre can do.” The Guardian

"Reach beyond your expectations and encounter a work which is dynamic and utterly enthralling.” Australian Stage

Cast and Creative Team:

  • Directed by Thomas Ostermeier
  • Cast: Urs Jucker, Lars Eidinger, Jenny König, Robert Beyer, Sebastian Schwarz, Franz Hartwig
  • Stage Design: Jan Pappelbaum
  • Costume Design: Nina Wetzel
  • Music: Nils Ostendorf
  • Video: Sébastien Dupouey
  • Lighting Design: Erich Schneider
  • Fight Choreography: René Lay

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