Release Date:

Nov 2016



Sound format:

Dolby stereo / DTS Surround

Catalog Number:


Hamlet (RSC)

Paapa Essiedu (Hamlet); Marcus Griffiths (Laertes); Cyril Nri (Polonius); Natalie Simpson (Ophelia); Clarence Smith (Claudius); Tanya Moodie (Gertrude); Hiran Abeysekera (Horatio); James Clooney (Rosencrantz); Bethan Cullinane (Guildenstern);

Hamlet has the world at his feet. Young, wealthy and living a hedonistic life studying abroad. Then word reaches him that his father is dead. Returning home he finds his world is utterly changed, his certainties smashed and his home a foreign land. Struggling to understand his place in a new world order he faces a stark choice. Submit, or rage against the injustice of his new reality. Simon Godwin (The Two Gentlemen of Verona released on OA1168D / OABD7167D) directs Paapa Essiedu as Hamlet in Shakespeare's searing tragedy. As relevant today as when it was written, Hamlet confronts each of us with the mirror of our own mortality in an imperfect world.


"The Times ★★★★" (…an utterly engaging performance by Paapa Essiedu.)

"The Financial Times" (This is a landmark production: Paapa Essiedu is the first black actor to play Hamlet for the RSC in its 55-year history. He is charismatic, capricious and compelling: an impulsive, arresting presence at the heart of a production that reframes the dilemmas in the play by setting it in an unnamed African state. )