Lancaster Dukes place to be or not to be

The Dukes marks the 400th year since the Bard's death this spring with a double bill of accessible and fast paced Shakespeare plays.

Friday, 6th May 2016, 12:00 pm
Hamlet by Shakespeare at The Tobacco Factory CAST Christopher Bianchi Ghost & 1st Player Ian Barritt Polonius Alan Coveney Horatio Paul Currier Claudius Craig Fuller Guildenstern Marc Geoffrey Francisco, Reynaldo & Osric Nicky Goldie Sexton & Gentlewoman Julia Hills Gertrude Joel Macey Rosencrantz Alan Mahon Hamlet Isabella Marshall Ophelia Callum McIntyre Laertes & Player John Sandeman Marcellus & Priest Laurence Varda Barnardo, Player & Fortinbras Eleanor Yates Player & Gentlewoman PRODUCTION Director Andrew Hilton Assistant Director Peter Chicken (University of Bristol attachment) Set & Costume Designer Max Johns Assistant Designer Mae-Li Evans (University of Bristol attachment) Costume Supervisor Jane Tooze Fight Director John Sandeman Composer & Sound Designer Elizabeth Purnell Lighting Designer Matthew Graham Production Manager Nic Prior Company & Stage Manager Jennifer Hunter Deputy Stage Manager Cassie Harrison Assistant Stage Manager Charlie Smalley

The Lancaster theatre welcomes back the Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory company with their latest productions - Hamlet and All’s Well That Ends Well.

Last year’s Tobacco Factory production of Romeo and Juliet went down a storm at The Dukes. The lead actor, Paapa Essiedu, is currently playing Hamlet for the RSC in Stratford Upon Avon and appeared alongside Sir Ian McKellan, Dame Judi Dench, David Tennant, Benedict Cumberbatch and Prince Charles in a Shakespeare Live broadcast on BBC2.

The Tobacco Factory’s Hamlet will be presented on May 10-13 and there will be two performances of All’s Well That Ends Well on May 13 and 14. Both will be staged in The Round so the audience get close to all the action.

One of the most famous plays ever written, Hamlet is a drama exploring madness, politics, sex, murder and the human condition. No two productions of this enthralling story are ever alike and you can discover more about this particular version at the post show talkback on May 10.

All’s Well is a romantic comedy which belongs to its women – the central character of Helen and the extraordinary Countess of Rossillion, her guardian and mother to her object of desire.

Tickets are priced £12.50-£18.50. All tickets for matinees and morning performance are £9. Balcony tickets are £5. To book call 01524 598500.