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Hamlet & All’s Well That Ends Well at The Stephen Joseph Theatre

Alan Mahon as Hamlet Photo by Mark Douet

As part of the celebrations to mark the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory and Tobacco Factory Theatres bring two co-productions to the SJT: his most famous play, Hamlet, alongside the lesser known All's Well That Ends Well. 

Probably the most famous play in the world, Hamlet brings together politics, madness, sex and murder in a drama that is both a thriller and a profound meditation on the human condition. It can be seen at the SJT from Tuesday 17 to Saturday 21 May.

In All’s Well That Ends Well, a young woman, using skills bequeathed to her by her father, saves the French king’s life and is rewarded with the right to choose her own husband. But what if the chosen one won’t play the game? How can she get him into bed? How can she make him love her? All’s Well That Ends Well can be seen at the SJT on Thursday 19 and Friday 20 May.

The two plays will be performed by a single cast of 15 actors, including Alan Mahon, an exciting young Irish actor who trained at the Lir Academy and was recently seen as Edgar in King Lear in Dublin. He joins stf for the first time to play the title role in Hamlet.

Other company members are: Christopher Bianchi, David Collins, Alan Coveney, Paul Currier, Craig Fuller, Nicky Goldie, Julia Hills, Joel Macey, Callum McIntyre, Isabella Marshall, Byron Mondahl, John Sandeman, Laurence Varda and Eleanor Yates.                        

Andrew Hilton, Artistic Director at stf, directs both productions and says: “As an actor I have played in Hamlet many times, but this will be my first production, fulfilling a lifelong ambition. All's Well That Ends Well will be a very different challenge but will make an excellent partner; it’s a play brimming with the kind of ambiguity of tone that I relish, as well as offering terrific parts for women (to whom the play really belongs), and some fine comedy.”

Set and costume design is by Max Johns, Matthew Graham is the lighting designer and Elizabeth Purnell is the composer and sound designer. Fight direction is by John Sandeman.

Performances of Hamlet are at 7.30pm on Tuesday 17, Wednesday 18 and Saturday 21 May, plus 1.30pm on Thursday 19 May and 2.30pm on Saturday 21 May. All’s Well That Ends Well can be seen at 7pm on Thursday 19 May and 7.30pm on Friday 20 May.

Tickets for The Merry Wives are priced at between £10 and £24.50 (£6 for under-30s).

To book, please call the Box Office on 01723 370541 or online at www.sjt.uk.com
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