The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) and Neal Street Productions, in association with Hera Pictures, have produced the world-premiere stage production of Maggie O’Farrell’s Hamnet adapted by Lolita Chakrabarti. The production opened in the newly refurbished Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon on Saturday 1 April 2023.
Hamnet is directed by Erica Whyman, who is Acting Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company. The production features Design by Tom Piper, Lighting by Prema Mehta and Music by Oğuz Kaplangi.
Hamnet is currently playing at London’s Garrick Theatre after its sell out run at the RSC. The production will run for a limited season from Saturday 30 September 2023 – Saturday 17 February 2024.
For more info and tickets please visit thegarricktheatre.co.uk
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.
Key Creatives & Cast
Novel by Maggie O'Farrell
Adapted by Lolita Chakrabarti
Directed by Erica Whyman
Set and Costume Design by Tom Piper
Lighting by Prema Mehta
Music by Oğuz Kaplangi
Sound Design by Simon Baker
Movement by Ayse Tashkiran
Dramaturgy by Pippa Hill
Fights by Kate Waters
Casting by Amy Ball CDG
West End Cast:
The Garrick Theatre, London. 30 September 2023 – 17 February 2024
Swan Theatre, Stratford-Upon-Avon. 1 April - 17 June 2023
"Evocative and beautifully acted"
"The evening soars, and sears"
"Tender take on Maggie O’Farrell’s novel"
"Mantock and Varey have a playful, tender onstage chemistry"
"Ajani Cabey is a fleet, beguiling Hamnet"
"Erica Whyman’s atmospheric production"