The eagerly anticipated London bow of a new production of Hamlet, directed by Robert Icke and starring Andrew Scott in the title role, is to include five performances that will be performed exclusively to audiences aged 25 and under, with all tickets completely free.
The Hamlet for Free initiative will comprise four days of free performances, events, and workshops inspired by the themes of Hamlet, running April 10-13, offering more than 1,650 young people the chance to see the production free.
Young people will also be able to participate in Press Go, an interactive promenade piece created in response to the themes of Hamlet, which will run throughout each day of the festival. Press Go sees a group of fearless young actors invite their audience on a journey around Islington in a murder mystery thriller, where every move they make has game-changing consequences. This playful alternate reality game has been developed in collaboration with the Almeida's Young Producers, written by Hannah Wood of StoryJuice Ltd. and directed by Christopher Elmer-Gorry.
Additionally, Jacob Anderson (aka Raleigh Ritchie) will take part in Lads Lounge, a discussion about crisis in modern masculinity, and talk about his television and music career. His debut album, You’re A Man Now, Boy, was released in 2016, and he can currently be seen on television as Greyworm in Game of Thrones. There is also a program of workshops with industry professionals, including the theatre's artistic director, Rupert Goold.
In a press statement, Goold commented, “Hamlet For Free celebrates the young people who belong at the heart of the Almeida’s community. We are delighted to be producing this entirely free festival around Robert’s production of Hamlet, harnessing the imagination and energy of the Almeida for what will be an electric four days. We want to open up the doors of the theatre and welcome everyone aged 25 and under inside to experience the shows we create, the actors on stage, the creatives off stage, and to offer a platform for young people to explore their own talent, at no cost. It’s vital to remove any barriers to attending and making theatre and we are excited to welcome first-timers, students and young theatre-makers. No one should feel that theatre ’isn’t for them’ and Hamlet For Free is a fantastic opportunity for us to engage with audiences new to the Almeida and create a memorable and valuable experience."
Free tickets for those qualifying for the Hamlet for Free performances can be booked online now at almeida.co.uk. There will also be a release of further tickets for other performances in the run to the general public on February 20.