We're delighted that BBC Two will broadcast Robert Icke's production of Hamlet in early 2018 following acclaimed, sell-out runs at the Almeida and in the West End. The performance was recorded during its run at the Harold Pinter Theatre (ending 2 September) with Jessica Brown Findlay as Ophelia, Juliet Stevenson as Gertrude and Andrew Scott as the Danish prince.
Almeida Associate Director Robert Icke said: "It has been a real joy to work with such a gifted and dedicated company of actors on bringing this most-famous play to audiences in 2017. The production has been on a wonderful journey from the Almeida to the West End, and I am very much looking forward to this next step on BBC Two. To be able to offer our version of Hamlet to as wide and diverse an audience as possible has always been of paramount importance to us, and now we are thrilled to be able to bring it, for free, to people across the country."
Patrick Holland, Controller, BBC Two said: "Andrew Scott's Hamlet is utterly thrilling. His performance makes each familiar word of the play feel like it is being newly discovered. The staging in a modern-day Denmark makes for a startlingly resonant and challenging production. I am delighted that it is coming to BBC Two."
The broadcast will be in 2018, the exact date and time is yet to be announced so check back for updates.
The full cast features Andrew Scott as Hamlet, Angus Wright as Claudius, Jessica Brown Findlay as Ophelia and Juliet Stevenson as Gertrude. The cast is completed with Barry Aird (Francesico/Gravedigger), Madeline Appiah (Guildenstern), Marty Cruickshank (Player Queen), Calum Finlay (Rosencrantz), Joshua Higgot (Horatio), Daniel Rabin (Reynaldo), David Rintoul (Ghost/Player King), Maanuv Thiara (Marcellus), Luke Thompson (Laertes), Peter Wight (Polonius) and Matthew Wynn (Bernardo, Player 3, Priest).
Produced by Ambassador Theatre Group, Sonia Friedman Productions and the Almeida, Hamlet has designs by Hildegard Bechtler, with lighting by Natasha Chivers, sound by Tom Gibbons, and video design by Tal Yarden. Casting is by Julia Horan.
The programme was commissioned by Patrick Holland, Controller, BBC Two and Emma Cahusac, Commissioning Editor, Arts and is being made by Illuminations Television.