Event Alert

This event is performed by the Lord Chamberlain’s Men at the Royal Armouries Fort Nelson.

It will be performed on the Parade Ground. Please bring a chair with you, as the floor is covered with stones.

To be, or not to be, that is the question.Act 3, Scene 1

About the event

Join The Lord Chamberlain’s Men this summer at Royal Armouries: Fort Nelson, in their 20th year, for Hamlet, the greatest play in the English language. With a history stretching back to William Shakespeare’s original company, they present this great play as he first saw it – in the open air, with an all male cast and Elizabethan costumes, music and dance.

“Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.”

Returning home from university for his father, the King of Denmark’s funeral, which is also the occasion of his mother’s remarriage to his uncle, Hamlet the Prince, is visited by the ghost of his father. The ghost reveals that his brother, Hamlet’s uncle, now stepfather and King, killed him and he urges Hamlet to take revenge. Driven to distraction by the grief of his father’s death and what lies ahead of him, Hamlet is forced to confront his deepest fears and in doing so questions himself, those around him and the very nature of existence.

“To be, or not to be, that is the question.”

Thrilling, moving and deeply human this stunning play seeks answers to life’s biggest questions and, in doing so, holds up a mirror to all our natures.

“Thus conscience does make cowards of us all”

The show starts at 7pm, so why not arrive early with your chair and a picnic and relax while you prepare to be entertained and transported. Book early to avoid missing out!

Authenticity | Excellence | Magic


This event will be held at Royal Armouries: Fort Nelson.
This event is NOT at New Theatre Royal.