Teen’s Hamlet role

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Happiness for a Lancaster teenager will be the role of Hamlet when he follows in the footsteps of Olivier and Branagh this spring.

Lucas Button, 17, will play the classic Shakespeare character at The Dukes while studying for his A-Levels and BTecs at Queen Elizabeth School, Kirkby Lonsdale.

Although still a teenager, Lucas has a wealth of theatrical experience behind him which started when he played Tiny Tim in a Dukes production of A Christmas Carol when he was 10.

“That was the spark that set off my love for performing,” said Lucas, who secured a National Youth Theatre placement in London last summer. He will be attending East 15 drama school in Essex from the autumn.

“It’s a pretty daunting role to take on. I’d never studied Hamlet so I’ve watched the RSC’s production starring David Tennant and other films of the play.”

Lucas has already appeared in The Dukes outdoor play of Peter Pan in 2010 and in many youth productions. He was also in last year’s acclaimed show The Unsociables.

This will be Hamlet like you’ve never seen before. Set in 2013, it promises to be a vibrant, contemporary and captivating show with a bloodthirsty and heady mix of drama and a stunning soundtrack performed live by The Dukes Young Musicians.

During the play, Lucas will be joined on stage by a company of up to 30 young people as well as a live band playing on the balcony.

Hamlet, which is recommended for anyone aged 11 plus, runs from April 16 to 20 and there will be a post show talk-back after the performance on April 16.

To book tickets priced £8/£6 concessions, call 01524 598500.