Cast announced for Hamnet West End transfer

Casting has been announced for the West End transfer of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s new stage adaptation of Maggie O’Farrell’s Hamnet.

The RSC and Neal Street Productions, in association with Hera Pictures will present the show, adapted by Lolita Chakrabarti at the Garrick Theatre from 30 September 2023 – 17 February 2024. Tickets are on sale now here

It follows the production’s world premiere at the RSC’s Swan Theatre earlier this year.

Reprising their roles for the West End run are Sarah Belcher (Joan), Will Brown (Burbage/Father John), Ajani Cabey (Hamnet), Frankie Hastings (Eliza/Customer), Karl Haynes (Ned), Alex Jarrett (Judith), Madeleine Mantock (Agnes Hathaway), Hannah McPake (Jude), Tom Varey (William Shakespeare) and Peter Wight (John/Will Kempe).

Joining the company are Gabriel Akuwudike (Bartholomew), Phoebe Campbell (Susanna), Mhairi Gayer (Tilly/Caterina/Landlady) and Liza Sadovy (Mary).

Haydn Burke and Faye Campbell complete the cast as off-stage understudies.

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Warwickshire, 1582. Agnes Hathaway, a natural healer, meets the Latin tutor, William Shakespeare. Drawn together by powerful but hidden impulses, they create a life together and make a family.

As William moves to London to discover his place in the world of theatre, Agnes stays at home to raise their three children, but she is the constant presence and purpose of his life.

When the plague steals 11-year-old Hamnet from his loving parents, they must each confront their loss alone. And yet, out of the greatest suffering, something of extraordinary wonder is born.

Hamnet is directed by Erica Whyman with set and costume design by Tom Piper, lighting design by Prema Mehta, sound design by Xana, music by Oğuz Kaplangi, casting by Amy Ball CDG, movement direction by Ayse Tashkiran and fight directions by Kate Waters.

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About the author: Josh Darvill

Josh is Stageberry's editor with over five years of experience writing about theatre in the West End and across the UK. Prior to following his passion for musicals, he worked for more than a decade as a TV journalist.


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