Monday, 15 September 2014

Feeling the excitement - Final week of Hamlet rehearsals

Gareth Nicholls, Main Stage Director in Residence and Assistant Director of Hamlet, shares his excitement with us in the final week of rehearsals for this “brooding, sleazy” play.

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It’s a week before we preview our production of Hamlet and there’s a fight taking place. Brain Ferguson (Hamlet) and Adam Best (Laertes) are tearing into each other with swords, fists and whatever else they can get their hands on. Luckily it’s just a rehearsal, with our fight director keeping a close eye on the safety of both actors. Even so, when they’re going at full speed, its pretty terrifying and will make a thrilling finale to this production.
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Friday, 5 September 2014

Hamlet: ‘A Play Full of Quotes’

Not seen Hamlet? Maybe you know the play better than you think. Our new trainee director from Birkbeck College, Stephen Darcy, gives a brief overview to some of the themes in one of Shakespeare's most quotable plays.

Brian Ferguson in Hamlet rehearsals. Image by Tommy Ga-Ken Wan

Some years ago at the theatre, I overheard a disgruntled audience member discussing an unsatisfying student production of Hamlet.  When asked what she thought of the play she said:

“It’s alright.  It’s just a play full of quotes”

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Historical Hamlets at the Citz

Shakespeare at the Citz is always a special event, and Hamlet, The Bard's greatest work, has provided some of the most memorable productions over the last 40 years. 

As we prepare for Artistic Director Dominic Hill's new production starring Brian Ferguson as the Dane opening on 19 September, we're taking a look at some of the productions that have made Citizens history. 
Brian Ferguson and Dominic Hill in rehearsals for Hamlet. Credit Tommy Ga-Ken Wan