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Haverhill drama group to stage Hamlet outdoors

Hamlet (Alfie Allin) haunted by three ghosts ANL-160718-132941001
Hamlet (Alfie Allin) haunted by three ghosts ANL-160718-132941001

As part of the national Shakespeare 400 celebrations to mark this year’s 400th anniversary of the playwright’s death, Haverhill group Outspoken Theatre is taking on his most famous play, Hamlet Prince Of Denmark.

The group, which has performed a Shakespeare play in an open-air tour around the area every summer for the past 15 years, has triumphed recently with Richard III, As You Like It, Antony And Cleopatra, The Comedy Of Errors and, last year, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Hamlet, which contains more familiar quotations that have passed into general usage than any other play, begins with a ghostly apparition and runs through murder, bloodshed, madness and revenge, culminating in the most famous feast of slaughter in drama. But along the way it is laced with black comedy and some of the most sublime poetry ever written.

Alfie Allin, who played Demetrius in A Midsummer Night’s Dream last year, takes on the most challenging role in all theatre as the Prince, with Catherine Keeble as his adulterous mother and Steve Murray as his murderous uncle, and the play is directed by David Hart.

You can see the play at the following times and places:

Monday, July 25, 7.30pm - Garden of Tingewick, Wratting Road, Haverhill; Tuesday, July 26, 7.30pm - East Town Park, Haverhill; Wednesday, July 27, 7.30pm - Hundon Plough; Thursday, July 28, 7.30pm - Stoke Lion; Friday, July 29, 7.30pm - Great Thurlow Hall

Saturday, July 30, 6.30pm - Hildersham churchyard; Sunday, July 31, 6.30pm - Erskine Centre, Chedburgh.

Tickets are generally available on the night, although some venues limit audiences to around 100 and booking beforehand can be advisable.

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