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Billy Howle as Hamlet

Stage to screen release of John Haidar’s acclaimed production Hamlet starring Billy Howle

Must I remember?'

Hamlet's father is dead. His mother has remarried. He is alone with his thoughts. Then, he speaks.

Haunted by grief, and with his world spinning violently out of control, Hamlet has to make some decisions: forget or remember; live or die.

Bristol Old Vic and Altitude are delighted to announce their new stage to screen partnership, which will bring the theatre’s recent acclaimed stage production of Hamlet to cinema screens across the UK & Ireland for the first time from 6 April.

Coinciding with the 400th anniversary of the publication of Shakepeare’s First Folio, Bristol Old Vic’s visceral production, directed by John Haidar (Richard III), excavates the dark subconscious of Shakespeare's greatest tragedy in a contemporary setting, with rising star Billy Howle (The Serpent; MotherFatherSon; On Chesil Beach, Chloe) in the title role, supported by a star-studded cast including Mirren Mack (The Nest; Sex Education; The Witcher: Blood Origin) as Ophelia and award-winning stage and screen actress Niamh Cusack as Hamlet’s mother, Gertrude.

The cinema experience, which launches on 6 April, also offers an exclusive new Q&A for audiences to enjoy, featuring director John Haidar in conversation with Professor Emma Smith, Professor of Shakespeare Studies at the University of Oxford and author of the Sunday Times bestseller This is Shakespeare.

Further Information: Altitude Films - Hamlet