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Maxine Peake as Hamlet

Shakespeare’s most iconic work in a stripped-back, fast-paced version, expertly filmed in high definition with eight cameras capturing the intensity of the stage production. A captivating production that rebalances gender casting, Peake’s Hamlet is a female character who takes on a male mantle, a fierce and textured Hamlet who imbues the role with anger, indignation, and purpose.

Maxine Peake as Hamlet production image

This ground breaking stage production, directed by Sarah Frankcom, was the Royal Exchange Theatre’s fastest-selling show in a decade.

“The most fearless and most courageous actor that I’ve ever worked with.” Sarah Frankcom on BAFTA-nominee Maxine Peake in the title role of Hamlet

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Discover Hamlet in a new light:

  • Gender-blind casting with a female Polonius (Polonia), Rosencrantz, and female gravediggers
  • Expertly filmed in high definition with eight cameras, including one overhead
  • Play directed by the award-winning then-Artistic Director of the Royal Exchange, Sarah Frankcom
  • Film directed by the award-winning filmmaker Margaret Williams
  • Strong supporting cast includes John Shrapnel as Claudius/Ghost, Barbara Marten as Gertrude, Gillian Veban as Polonia, Katie West as Ophelia, and Thomas Arnold as Horatio

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