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From its sell-out run at Manchester's Royal Exchange Theatre comes a film version of this unique and critically acclaimed production of Hamlet, with BAFTA nominee Maxine Peake in the title role. This ground-breaking stage production, directed by Sarah Frankcom, was Royal Exchange's fastest-selling show in a decade.

Prince Hamlet is depressed. Having been summoned home to Denmark from school in Germany to attend his father's funeral, he is shocked to find his mother Gertrude already remarried. The Queen has wed Hamlet's Uncle Claudius, the dead king's brother.



In a five-star review, The Times' critic Dominic Maxwell said it was a "fabulous, feminised production".


“Peake's Hamlet is caustic, watchful, spry and filled with a moral disgust at the corruption she sees around her….an excellent Hamlet and a fine performance that confirms Peake's capacity for emotional directness and a fierce, uncensored honesty” The Guardian, Michael Billington*

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