hamlet: rotten states

writer: WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE / retold by: 6FOOTSTORIES
14 Jan - 1 Feb
7:45pm
£15/£12
Tues - Sat

Three gypsy players arrive in town, answering the call of a prince. It could be the beginning of a fairy tale, but alas, Hamlet’s in a rotten state. A dead father, a murderous uncle, and an adulterous mother. All eyes are on him as he falls apart and threatens a fragile and corrupt government.

Hamlet has hired this band of mischievous storytellers to perform a story of corruption, lust and murder most foul. He should be careful what he wishes for; once these rotten players get their hands on a story there’s no telling where it’ll go…

Cue a blistering reworking of Hamlet, performed by only three actors. Shakespeare’s longest play is reduced to a furious 75 minutes, full of ingenious theatricality and black comedy. 6FootStories return to The Hope with a follow-up to their acclaimed interpretation of Macbeth. They irreverently play with form and style as the gypsy players take charge, and as Hamlet makes his descent into madness, they make wicked farce of the rotten state of Denmark.

The play’s the thing, and the player is king.

Praise for MACBETH: A TALE OF SOUND AND FURY:

★★★★ “Fast-paced action, accomplished ensemble acting and ingenious perspective comedy” Everything Theatre

★★★★★ “Madcap, bohemian and all together brilliant… one of the best productions of this play I have ever seen.” The Theatre Tourist

Box Office opens at 7.00pm for cash sales and collection of pre-booked tickets. The performance lasts 75 minutes without interval. No re-admittance once the performance has commenced.

LATECOMERS MAY NOT BE ADMITTED. PLEASE ARRIVE IN GOOD TIME FOR THE START TIME OF 7.45PM.

Over 18s only. Due to pub licensing laws no one under the age of 18 is permitted into the building after 7pm.

Refunds and exchanges are not available.

the fall – POSTPONED

17 Mar - 4 Apr

Due to recent Government advice regarding social distancing and isolation, this production has been postponed. New dates are to be announced.

THE FALL is a darkly comic retelling of John Milton’s Paradise Lost, where the fear of Saw meets a twisted Romeo and Juliet. Two people. Locked in a basement, they face a simple choice – make a life together or attempt escape. What will they choose?

king – POSTPONED

22, 23, 29 & 30 Mar

Due to recent Government advice regarding social distancing and isolation, this production has been postponed. New dates are to be announced.

Meet King: a down-on-his-luck migrant dishpig locked out in the back alley for the night (again) with only the bins to keep him company. A satirical monologue about life, crushed dreams and bad luck, written and performed by award winning Greek playwright, comedian and actor Dennis Matsikas.

graceful – POSTPONED

7 - 25 April

Due to recent Government advice regarding social distancing and isolation, this production has been postponed. New dates are to be announced.

When 17-year-old Grace’s alcoholic father checks himself into rehab, she is sent to live with his distant cousin, 38-year-old Rhonda, who ten years ago, had an abortion.

A young woman who’s never had a mother and grown woman who’s never had a daughter find themselves in roles they never expected.

have you heard about guy? – POSTPONED

19 & 20 Apr

Due to recent Government advice regarding social distancing and isolation, this production has been postponed. New dates are to be announced.

This is the story of two struggling actresses, Frank and George. As they suffer through humiliating commercial auditions, sleazy industry professionals, empty bank accounts, family pressures and jealousy, their drama school peer, Guy, is enjoying a meteoric rise to success.

talking back

7 - 8 June

TALKING BACK: A Night of Black Verbatim Theatre encompasses two plays: BLACK WOMEN DATING WHITE MEN & PRESENT BLACK FATHERS. BLACK WOMEN DATING WHITE MEN: interviews of Black women in relationships with white men. Expect talks of privilege, activism, & headscarves. PRESENT BLACK FATHERS: interviews that challenge the “absent Black father” stereotype. Funny, emotional, & sometimes too real.

period dramas

21 & 22 June

Ever wondered what Period Dramas would be like if they really were about Periods?

Period Dramas is a hilarious one-woman romp through the ages where stand-up, cabaret and tap dance collide to fill the gaps in the history books and interrogate the menstrual taboo both past and present.

booking:
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