By William Shakespeare

This was a National Theatre production that opened at the Lyttleton Theatre on the 15th July 2000 and subsequently played at Elsinore in Denmark, Stadsteatern in Stockholm and the National Theatre in Belgrade.

It also toured in the UK and Ireland, visiting Brighton, Glasgow, Dublin, Plymouth and Bath before playing at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York and the Wilbur Theatre in Boston.

On the American leg of the tour, the roles played by the late Denis Quilley were played by the late Peter Blythe.

Simon Russell Beale's performance as Hamlet was recently described by the New York Times as 'as close to a definitive Hamletas I'm ever likely to see'.

Creative team

Director John Caird
Designer Tim Hatley
Lighting Paul Pyant
Music John Cameron
Music Director Jonathan Cooper
Fight Director ](http://www.rsc.org.uk/content/5577.aspx)[Terry King
Sound Christopher Shutt
Company Voice & Text Patsy Rodenburg
Staff Director Stephen Wrentmore


Hamlet, *Prince of Denmark* Simon Russell Beale
Hamlet, *his father* Sylvester Morand
Claudius, *his uncle* Peter McEnery
Gertrude, *his mother* Sara Kestelman
Horatio Simon Day
Polonius, *Lord Chamberlain* Denis Quilley
Laertes, *his son* Guy Lankester
Ophelia, his sister Cathryn Bradshaw
Reynaldo, his servant Edward Gower
Rosencrantz Christopher Staines
Guildenstern Paul Bazely
Player King Sylvester Morand
Player Queen Janet Spencer-Turner
Players Chloe Angharad](http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1226809/), [Michael Wildman
Francisco, a soldier Edward Gower
Barnardo, an officer Ken Oxtoby
Marcellus, an officer Martin Chamberlain
Osric, a courtier Michael Wildman
Gentlewomen Chloe Angharad](http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1226809/), [Janet Spencer-Turner
The Grave-digger Denis Quilley
The Priest Ken Oxtoby


MD/Keyboard/Recorder Jonathan Cooper
Viola/Recorder Rebecca Brown
Oboe/Shawm/Recorder Belinda Sykes/ Ann Allen