The disappearing Hamlet

19th April 2018

Our production with the Almeida of Robert Icke’s staging of Hamlet only has a few days left on BBCiPlayer. You can catch it here until Monday 30 April.

Hamlet captures the Almeida Theatre’s 2017 acclaimed production of William Shakespeare’s great play, recorded as-live in its West End transfer on the stage of London’s Harold Pinter Theatre.

Robert Icke’s innovative modern-dress production, featuring Andrew Scott (as Hamlet), Juliet Stevenson (Gertrude), Angus Wright (Claudius) and Jessica Brown Findlay (Ophelia), has been widely acclaimed as a dazzlingly intelligent, forcefully contemporary staging. The Evening Standard hailed Andrew Scott’s “career-defining performance… he makes the most famous speeches feel fresh and unpredictable.”

The recording features the original cast, and the screen director is Rhodri Huw, working in close collaboration with Robert Icke. Hamlet has design by Hildegard Bechtler, with lighting by Natasha Chivers, sound by Tom Gibbons, and video design by Tal Yarden.

The stage production was nominated for Best Revival, Andrew Scott as Best Actor and Tom Gibbons for Best Sound Design in the recent Olivier Awards. The production recently won Best Stage Revival in the WhatsOnStage Awards, and Juliet Stevenson won Best Supporting Actress in a Play, whilst Andrew Scott won the Critics’ Circle Theatre Award for Best Shakespearean Performance.

Hamlet is is an Illuminations/Almeida Theatre production presented by BBC, The Almeida Theatre, The Ambassador Theatre Group and Sonia Friedman Productions. The broadcast producer for Illuminations is John Wyver. Photo: Manuel Harlan.


  1. C Kraabel says:

    Please can we buy this on DVD?

    • Louise Machin says:

      I’m afraid it’s not certain yet that there will be a DVD, due to rights considerations. But we will keep you posted when there’s any news.

    • Louise Machin says:

      I’m afraid it’s not certain yet that there will be a DVD, due to rights considerations. But we will keep you posted when there’s any news.

  2. Mike Stephenson says:

    I would buy the DVD too, were you produce one. Please keep me posted as well

  3. Helen Demopoulos says:

    If it becomes available I would love to buy it, it was a fantastic production

  4. S. Jonas D.F.A. says:

    I am a scholar, dramaturg, theatre artist writing a book on different interpretations of HAMLET. I would like to view the Andrew Scott version. Im happy to purchase or rent a screening, to to come to London (from New York) to see the film in your offices. Can you please advise? Many thanks. Dr. S. Jonas

  5. John Wyver says:

    We’re very sorry but rights restrictions mean that the film isn’t available for purchase or rent.

    If there is a world beyond Covid, and you are in London, do please be in contact again and we can certainly explore if it’s possible to arrange for you to watch the production at our offices. But because of remote working, and our office being shut, that isn’t an option at present. Our apologies and best wishes.

  6. S. Jonas D.F.A. says:

    Thanks so much. I do plan to come to London as soon as it is practical. Ill be in touch in advance to arrange a screening. Until then, be safe and well. It looks like the end is finally in sight. Best, Susan

  7. India Thompson says:

    I still want to see this version and unfortunately never have. Would love to know if it’s possible to view

  8. Tom Allen says:

    Due to isses with the rights this will probably never be released.

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