English Touring Theatre’s Hamlet to Play West End

News   English Touring Theatre’s Hamlet to Play West End
 
Following a national tour, English Touring Theatre’s production of Hamlet, with Ed Stoppard (son of playwright Tom) in the title role, is set to transfer to the West End’s New Ambassadors Theatre.

The production will begin performances Feb. 13; a press night has yet to be announced.

Helmed by ETT artistic director Stephen Unwin, the tragedy also features Anita Dobson as Gertrude. Dobson achieved national fame in the BBC soap “EastEnders.” Her stage credits includes the 2002 National Theatre production of Bryony Lavery’s Frozen.

Stoppard is not the only actor in the production with a well-known father. Alice Patten (daughter of Chris Patten, the last British Governor of Hong Kong before the handover to China) plays Ophelia.

ETT’s next West End transfer is a revival of Alan Bennett’s The Old Country featuring stage and screen veteran Timothy West. The Old Country previews at the Trafalgar Studios March 13 before opening March 20. The run finishes May 16.

The company’s previous West End outing saw Timothy West play King Lear at the Old Vic in March 2003. Hamlet is taking bookings until April 22.

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