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 https://www.radahamlet.com/
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.