10 Apr 2017 - 13 Apr 2017

Hamlet for Free

Performances for 25s and under

production information

Five performances of Hamlet performed exclusively for people aged 25 and under*, with all tickets completely FREE. 

ghost / devil
acting /madness
be / not be 

Andrew Scott makes his Almeida debut in the title role and Juliet Stevenson plays Gertrude in a new production directed by Almeida Associate Director Robert Icke (1984Mr BurnsOresteiaUncle Vanya

These performances are part of the Hamlet for Free festival - four days of workshops, masterclasses and performances for those aged 25 and under, completely inspired by the making of Hamlet. The line-up includes acting, directing and writing masterclasses, panel discussions, interactive performances, behind the scenes tours and practical workshops. Young people will have the chance to learn from leading industry professionals including Almeida Artistic Director Rupert Goold, award-winning spoken word artist Polarbear, immersive theatre-makers Coney, actor Jacob Anderson aka Raleigh Ritchie, poet Vanessa Kisuule plus members of the Hamlet cast. The full schedule will be available soon with tickets available to book from 13 March

*Free Tickets are for those aged 25 and under and limited to 2 per person. Once booked, tickets can be collected from the Box Office after 11am on the day of the performance. 

Dates & Tickets

If you haven't secured a ticket to the production yet, we will also be running a standby queue from 6pm  for 25s and under for free tickets (12.30pm for the matinee on Wednesday 12 Apr) (either returned or uncollected) for each performance from 10 - 13 April.

Enter the promo code HAMLETU25 to view availability and book. Tickets are valid for those age 25 and under. Tickets booked can be collected from Box Office after 11am on the day of performance. 

Evenings 7pm
Wednesday Matinee 1.30pm

Audio Described performance 
Wed 12 April, 1.30pm (Touch Tour 11.45am)

Captioned Performance 
Wed 12 April, 1.30pm

logo cap


Barry Aird

Francisco / Gravedigger

Theatre includes: Hamlet (Barbican/Sonia Friedman); Othello (Frantic Assembly); One Night in November (Belgrade Theatre Coventry); Shawshank Redemption (West End); Measure for Measure; Hamlet (Theatre Royal Plymouth/UK Tour); The Sons of York (Finborough Theatre); What the Butler Saw (Salisbury Playhouse); Tchaikovsky & the Queen of Spies (Nuffield Theatre); Watership Down (Lyric Hammersmith/UK Tour); The Taming of the Shrew (Bristol Old Vic); Speaking Like Magpies; Sejanus His Fall; Believe What You Will; Sir Thomas More; Othello; Henry VIII; The Merry Wives of Windsor; Camino Real; St Erkanwald (Royal Shakespeare Company); Billy Budd (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield); Scarlet Pimpernel (Ipswich Wolsey Theatre); Bouncers (Hull Truck Theatre Company); Wait Until Dark (Royal Theatre, Northampton).

Television includes: Fortitude; Berlin Station; Marcella; Close to the Enemy; Casualty; Peaky Blinders; Doctor Who; Love and Marriage; Merlin; Lewis; Misfits; Midsomer Murders; Survivors; Dracula; Being Human; The Bill; Silent Witness; Footballer’s Wives; Fallen; Doctors; Offenders; Minder; Between the Lines.

Film includes: The Marker; City of Tiny Lights; Avengers: Age of Ultron; Dungeons and Dragons: The Book of Vile Darkness; Eleven Fifty-Nine.

Additional information

This production contains gun shots, strobe and flickering lighting. 

Cast & Creatives

Barry Aird
Elliot Barnes-Worrell
Jessica Brown Findlay
Marty Cruickshank
Calum Finlay
Joshua Higgott
Amaka Okafor
Daniel Rabin
David Rintoul
Andrew Scott
Juliet Stevenson
Luke Thompson
Peter Wight
Angus Wright
Matthew Wynn

Direction Robert Icke
Set & Costume Design Hildegard Bechtler
Lighting Natasha Chivers
Sound Tom Gibbons
Video Tal Yarden
Video Associate Mikaela Liakata
Ophelia's Song/Composition Laura Marling
Casting Julia Horan CDG
Associate Direction Daniel Raggett
Resident Director Ilinca Radulian
Costume Supervision Laura Hunt, Claire Wardoper