Young thespians get into Shakespeare

YOUNG People’s Shakespeare – Hamlet, The Maltings, Berwick, Friday, September 30, 2pm and 7.30pm. Tickets £10, £5 conc.

A PERFORMANCE of Shakespeare’s tragedy Hamlet specially designed for eight to 11-year-olds will be in north Northumberland tomorrow.

The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) is bringing its young people’s version of the play to The Maltings.

It is a specially condensed 80-minute, high-energy version designed to provide an ideal first experience of Shakespeare for youngsters, and although primarily aimed at children the YPS productions have proved just as popular with audiences of all ages.

The cast of nine, who have now been with the RSC since the beginning of 2009 and received excellent reviews for their performances on an earlier tour, includes Dharmesh Patel as Hamlet, Gateshead-born Peter Peverley as Polonius and Debbie Korley as Ophelia.

The show uses the original text throughout and has been specially adapted by Tarell Alvin McCraney and Bijan Shebani to engage young audiences.

Jacqui O’Hanlon said: “The Young People’s Shakespeare performance series lives out the principles of our Stand up for Shakespeare manifesto by creating opportunities for children and young people to see Shakespeare live in their own back yard.

“The YPS Hamlet tour is the fulfillment of a long-held company ambition to take our work on the road and into schools and communities that otherwise wouldn’t get the chance to see it.”