Hamlet For Free Festival

BY Almeida Theatre   February 14, 2017

We're excited to announce Hamlet For Free, a free festival of events and performances for anyone aged 25 and under.

Running from Monday 10 – Thursday 13 April, the festival includes five performances of Hamlet, directed by Robert Icke with Andrew Scott in the title role, exclusively available to anyone aged 25 and under. 

Alongside the play, Hamlet For Free will feature a programme of free performances, events, and workshops inspired by the themes and making of Hamlet. We will be open from 9.30am each day during the festival with the entire building and café bar dedicated to young people.

Hamlet For Free highlights include:

Press Go, an interactive promenade piece created in response to the themes of Hamlet which will run throughout each day of the Festival. Press Go sees a group of fearless young actors invite their audience on a journey around Islington in a murder mystery thriller where every move they make has game-changing consequences. Win or lose, how this story ends is entirely up to the audience. Playing in teams of two they will visit multiple locations, with the choices they make along the way affecting how their journey unfolds. Combining storytelling, gaming and the ingredients of a classic psychological thriller, Press Go is a bold, cinematic and playful alternate reality game developed in collaboration with the Almeida's Young Producers, written by Hannah Wood and directed by Christopher Elmer-Gorry.

Jacob Anderson (aka Raleigh Ritchie) will take part in Lads Lounge, a discussion about crisis in modern masculinity, and talk about his television and music career. Jacob’s debut album ‘You’re A Man Now, Boy’ was released in 2016 and he can currently be seen on television as Greyworm in Game of Thrones.

A programme of workshops which will provide young people with the opportunity to learn from leading industry professionals including Almeida Artistic Director Rupert Goold, award-winning spoken word artist Polarbear, Poet Vanessa Kisuule, stage and screen-writers Rachel De-Lahay and Vinay Patel, stage combat company RC Annie, immersive theatre-makers Coney, and members of the Hamlet cast.

Our technical team will demonstrate how lighting, sound and stage management come together to create a seamless performance and there will be opportunities to go behind the scenes to see how a production comes together.

Answers Back, a panel event on the themes of leadership and division explored in Hamlet, will feature a panel of young people discussing what makes a good leader and ask the question 'Who the hell’s in charge here?'

An Audio Described and Captioned matinee performance of Hamlet for young deaf or hard of hearing and blind or visually impaired audiences, preceded by a Touch Tour will take place on Wednesday 12 April.


The full schedule for Hamlet for Free will be announced soon. Sign up to our mailing list to be among the first to know the full line up - click here to join.

Free tickets for workshops, festival performances and events will be available from 13 March. 



Gregory Nasmyth and Samantha Rowe-Beddoe have generously supported the provision of all free tickets across Hamlet for Free

They said: “We have been supporters of the Almeida for some years and are thrilled to support their free ticket initiative for anyone aged 25 and under, as part of the Hamlet For Free festival. Audience members will know Andrew Scott from his hugely successful TV career, and we hope that Hamlet for Free will provide an opportunity for many people to visit the theatre for the first time and will encourage a new generation of theatre-goers. We are delighted that alongside free performances there will be a festival of workshops and events inspired by the themes of the play, discussing Shakespeare's social and political commentary, concepts that are as relevant today as they have ever been.”

There will be Hamlet tickets available in person for performances on 10-13 April as part of the accompanying festival, and we'll be running a returns queue for each performance. We will be releasing more paid advance tickets for Hamlet on Monday 20 February at 10am.

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