Past Event

The Rest is Silence

1 Jan 2012

A man's father dies and his world tips into free-fall. He does not know who to trust or what to believe in. He has no rulebook. There are no easy guidelines that show him how to feel or how to behave. His world is our world.

This thrillingly visual deconstruction of Shakespeare's Hamlet interweaves performance and film to create a vigorous new interpretation of a well-known classic. Enclosed on all sides within a uniquely designed structure, we are drawn into a richly cinematic and dreamlike world. Scenes, film streams and visual sequences converge and collide, examining the play's themes and characters simultaneously and from a variety of angles.

As we spy on the unfolding action, we become enmeshed in the messy duplicity of the charactersí tangled relationships, watching in horror at the unravelling of their private lives and the collapse of their world.

Commissioned by Brighton Festival with LIFT and the Royal Shakespeare Company

'The hottest ticket at the Brighton Festival' The Guardian

'a startling, experimental take on Hamlet' Independent on Sunday

'one of the most eagerly anticipated theatre events of the year' The Independent

'This site-specific deconstruction of 'Hamlet' in a south-coast warehouse works a treat' The Telegraph

'Taking place in a disused warehouse, this meditation on ‘Hamlet’ is full of suspicion, paranoia and surprises' Financial Times

'the nine-strong cast are, quite simply, superb'  Whats On Stage


Brighton Dome and Festival associate company dreamthinkspeak has developed an international reputation for creating innovative, site-responsive theatre in locations across Brighton, throughout the UK and around the world. Previous work includes Brighton Festival commissions Who Goes There? (2001), Don't Look Back (2003), Underground (2005) and the record-breaking Before I Sleep (2010) performed in the old Co-op building.

Co-commissioned by Brighton Festival with LIFT and The Royal Shakespeare Company. Part of the World Shakespeare Festival which is produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company for London 2012 Festival. 

Supported by Arts Council England.

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