Eleanor Philpot

Hamlet re-imagined for KS2/3 to open at the National Theatre

5:05, 10th February 2020

A new adaption of Hamlet aimed at KS2/KS3 students will open at the Dorfman theatre in March.

Following a six-week tour of state primary and secondary schools across London, Jude Christian’s (othellomacbeth, Cinderella) adaption of Hamlet, aimed at ages 8 – 12, will open on 30 March at the National Theatre, running until 9 April.

Director Tinuke Craig said, ‘It’s so important that children from all backgrounds feel that the arts are open to them to participate in and enjoy, and it’s a privilege to make work for the next generation.’

There are also packages available for primary educators to help with the teaching of Hamlet, including workshops, training and teacher resources. In addition a sensory adapted performance will run on Wednesday 8 April at 2pm, following this performance there will be a meet and greet with the cast.

Speaking about directing the classic tragedy for a younger audience, Craig said: ‘The challenge of taking one of the greatest works in the canon and distilling it to an hour long play for 8-12 year olds is a big one. Not only do we have the task of creating an engaging production for an audience, but we also have a responsibility to introduce younger audiences to theatre, bringing productions to their home turf to provide an early, or often first, experience of Shakespeare that is welcoming, inclusive, exciting and fun.’

To find out more about the production and purchase tickets, visit: www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/shows/hamlet

The six-week long school tour commences on 10 February.

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