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Changeling Theatre Presents Hamlet

KENT’S ONLY OUTDOOR TOURING COMPANY PERFORMS HAMLET ACROSS THE SOUTH EAST THIS SUMMER: 30 JUNE – 30 AUGUST 2017 

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Hamlet, William Shakespeare’s enduring tale of human mortality and struggle, is being performed in the open air this Summer by Kent’s Changeling Theatre Company.

Changeling, which marks its 20th anniversary this year, will treat audiences to a magical evening of theatre in over 30 stunning locations, including the iconic Leeds Castle in Kent, Margate seafront and Biddenden Vineyards.

One of Shakespeare’s best known and loved tragedies, Hamlet explores the eternal themes of mortality, loyalty and justice, through the lens of its central character and his dysfunctional family. It is Hamlet’s difficult and complex relationships that beat at the heart of Changeling’s production, casting light on Denmark’s incestuous, troubled and downright odd royal household.

Featuring a young and brilliant cast, original music, and a backdrop that changes every night, Hamlet promises to be a unique and entertaining production infused with the company’s signature wit and dark humour.

Hamlet is rarely staged in the open air, but this company is no stranger to outdoor Shakespeare having performed his plays outdoors for the last two decades.  Changeling has a strong reputation for bringing highly quality and imaginative productions to local audiences in castles, gardens, parks and churches, and more unusual venues such as beachfronts, vineyards and football pitches.

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Rob Forknall, Artistic Director of Changeling says:

“We needed a very special play to mark our 20th birthday. Never out of season, Hamlet is a remarkable story of grief and revenge, and the complexity and frailty of human relationships. It’s a brilliant, relevant play for modern times and always popular with theatre audiences. Alex Phelps has a very strong affinity with the character and will make a great Hamlet. With some remarkable locations to choose from, audiences will be treated to a truly magical outdoor theatre experience this Summer!”

Alex Phelps who plays Hamlet says: 

“I’m incredibly proud to be joining Changeling for their 20th anniversary. Hamlet is one of the richest, detailed and incredibly human plays ever written and I’m really excited to bring it to life.

”Knowing that we will be taking it to multiple locations across the summer, including castles and beaches, is wonderful. The play will change as the location changes, lending different atmospheres and nuances, meaning that audiences and actors will get to experience a different Hamlet each evening. 

Dame Janet Suzman, Patron of Changeling Theatre says:

“Changeling Theatre Company offers something rarely found in contemporary theatre. They offer audiences a chance to become part of the atmosphere. There is no passive sitting in the stalls here; you will be immersed in and surrounded by the performances, becoming a crucial part of the world created. Allowing actors the opportunity to relish the audience’s presence, to be reactive, adaptive and interactive whilst performing some of the worlds’ best writing is a rare treat.” 

Hamlet opens on 30 June at Boughton Monchelsea Place near Maidstone and closes with a final performance at Pembroke Castle in Wales on 30 August. 

Hamlet is touring to the following venues:

 

30th June Boughton Monchelsea Place
1st July Boughton Monchelsea Place
1st July Boughton Monchelsea Place
2nd July Boughton Monchelsea Place
4th July St George’s Garrison Church, Woolwich
6th July Nurstead Court
7th July Belmont House and Gardens
8th July Margate Main Sands
9th July Tithe Barn, Lenham
11th July Dover Castle (Deal Festival)
12th July Littlestone Golf Club (Jam on the Marsh)
13th July Great Comp Garden
14th July St Paul’s Church, Clapham
15th July Riverhill Himalayan Gardens
16th July Folkestone Amphitheatre
18th July Upnor Castle
19th July Severndroog Castle
20th July Westenhanger Castle
21st July The Friars, Aylesford Priory
22nd July Allington Castle
23rd July Middle Temple Hall, London
25th July Swarling Manor
26th July The Old Boathouse, Fordwich
27th July The Dog and Duck
28th July Egerton House
29th July Tonbridge Castle
30th July Kennington Hall
1st August Dartford Central Park
2nd August The Walled Nursery
3rd August Rochester Castle
5th August Leeds Castle
6th August Biddenden Vineyards
8th August CLF Art Café
9th August Nurstead Court
10th August The Black Horse
11th August Boughton Monchelsea Place
12th August Boughton Monchelsea Place
12th August Boughton Monchelsea Place
13th August Boughton Monchelsea Place
30th August Pembroke Castle

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For performance times and ticket prices visit

www.changeling-theatre.com/tickets

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