Timothy Murphy

Bass Baritone

Brett Dean’s Hamlet

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  • Date: Fri, Nov 03, 2017 - Fri, Nov 10, 2017
  • Time: 19:15 - 22:30
  • Venue: Canterbury
  • Location: The Marlowe Theatre
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Brett Dean’s Hamlet hits the TourShakespeare’s quintessential tragedy will be given new life in a rare world premiere in Festival 2017 before transferring straight to the Tour in autumn 2017.

Audiences will be able to see Composer Brett Dean and Librettist Matthew Jocelyn’s new commission of Hamlet at Glyndebourne, Canterbury, Norwich, Milton Keynes and Plymouth.

Brett Dean’s richly atmospheric and deeply dramatic music captures the essence and timelessness of Shakespeare’s story, in which Hamlet navigates a maze of love and madness, murder and revenge, on his quest for the truth.

Was it really his uncle Claudius who killed his father, the King of Denmark, to seize the dead king’s crown and wife?

The innovatively orchestrated score buoys Matthew Jocelyn’s libretto, which consists only of words and phrases written by or attributed to Shakespeare, to bring the tragedy to its inevitable conclusion.


Creative team

Composer Brett Dean
Librettist Matthew Jocelyn
Conductor Duncan Ward
Director Neil Armfield
Fight Director Nick Hall

Cast includes

Claudius William Dazeley
Gertrude Louise Winter
Hamlet David Butt Philip
Polonius Jeffrey Lloyd-Roberts
Laertes Rupert Charlesworth
Ophelia Jennifer France
Ghost Of Old Hamlet/Player 1/Gravedigger
Brian Bannatyne-Scott
Rosencrantz Rupert Enticknap
Guildenstern James Hall

The Glyndebourne Tour Orchestra

The Glyndebourne Chorus