Secret Theatre’s swinging ’60s Hamlet makes debut at Edinburgh Fringe Festival

While traditionally Secret Theatre has kept their performances’ London locations secret – revealed only after tickets are purchased – they have announced that their Hamlet will debut at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this year. Even though there may be no mystery about the performance’s location, this production will still have plenty of surprises.

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In this visionary staging of the play, Hamlet’s fatal quest for revenge is set against the political and social turmoil of the 1960s.

The production will not only feature costuming from this hedonistic time period, but also address the themes of “young people rebelling against the establishment, the sexual revolution, drug use, a woman’s changing place in society, Magdalene Asylums and the 27 Club.”

Starring Raphael Verrion as the Dane and directed by Brooke Johnston and founder Richard Crawford, this Hamlet also promises a unique interpretation of the script including the addition of a “completely overlooked subplot.”

Johnston says, “This is a really exciting interpretation of Hamlet which we wanted to share with the public and show Shakespeare doesn’t have to be an uptight production.” Despite the innovations though, the directors aim to stay true to Shakespeare’s text.

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Performances will take place from 31 July to 25 August at the C Too venue, St Columba’s by the Castle.

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