Kenneth Branagh directing Tom Hiddleston as Hamlet on London stage

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Reuniting after Wallander, Thor and… um… larking about on the Graham Norton show, Kenneth Branagh and Tom Hiddleston are together again for a production of Hamlet in London’s Jerwood Vanbrugh Theatre.

The strictly-short engagement runs 1-23 September, and will be a fundraiser for the RADA Attenborough Campaign, looking for a total of £20million to regenerate RADA’s Chenies Street premises. Not only will this be a short stretch for the show it will also be rather narrow one, with only 160 seats in the theatre.

Getting tickets might require a little bit of hoop-jumping. Here are the instructions:

To ensure that the ticket release is fair, a ballot will open at midday on 1 August, which can be entered online until 6pm on Sunday 6 August, and by phone from midday on 1 August until 5pm on 5 August (lines are open daily 10am – 5pm). Successful applicants shall be notified by or on 8 August and will then have 48 hours to book their tickets on 9-10 August.

Selected at random, all successful ballot applicants are guaranteed the opportunity to purchase a maximum of two tickets within the allotted 48 hour booking window. Tickets for specific dates however cannot be guaranteed and all dates are available on a first-come-first-served basis. 


The page you need to enter the ballot is

Tickets are priced at £95 and £45, with £15 seats for the under 25s.

The rest of the cast includes:

  • Ayesha Antoine as Rosencrantz / Bernarda
  • Lolita Chakrabarti as Queen Gertrude
  • Nicholas Farrell as King Claudius
  • Sean Foley as Polonius / Osric)
  • Ansu Kabia as King Hamlet / Player King / Gravedigger
  • Caroline Martin as Horatia
  • Eleanor de Rohan as Guildastern / Marcella / Priest
  • Irfan Shamji as Laertes / Player Queen
  • and Kathryn Wilder as Ophelia.