HAMLET The Prince of Denmark 2017-05-22T13:02:43+00:00

Project Description

Internationally acclaimed Hamlet returns to South Africa for limited engagements in Cape Town and Joburg before heading off to the USA.

After playing to 5 star reviews and standing ovations at the National Arts Festival and in Europe, Pieter Toerien proudly presents a limited season of Abrahamse & Meyer’s internationally acclaimed Hamlet at Montecasino in May.

The Abrahamse & Meyer production takes its inspiration from one of the earliest recorded performances of Hamlet during Shakespeare’s lifetime. In 1608, off the East Coast of South Africa, the crew of the East India ship, Red Dragon, performed Hamlet aboard their ship. In his log, on 31 March 1608, Captain Keeling noted: “I invited Captain Hawkins to a fish dinner, and had Hamlet acted aboard me, which I permit to keep my people from idleness and unlawful games or sleep.”

This production of Hamlet re-imagines Shakespeare’s most iconic play within the context of the historic 1608 performance aboard The Red Dragon as a play within a play, utilizing a cast of only 6 actors playing 6 Jacobean sailors who, in turn, play all the parts in Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Critics have hailed it as a multi-sensory experience… imbued with wonder and as daring, modern, exciting and topical.

The production stars Marcel Meyer in the title role, with veteran Shakespearean actor, Michael Richard taking the role of King Claudius. Dean Balie doubles as Polonius and Horatio with Jeremy Richard as Laertes, Matthew Baldwin as Ophelia and Callum Tilbury in the role of Queen Gertrude.

3-21 May


Times are different per day, so please check the schedule.

Tickets are R180-R100

R120 for Seniors and Students

R90 for Theatrics Club Members

Other discounts for Edgars Club, DARTS, Fanatics and Randgo

Fantastic Group and School discounts. Contact Geraldine@montetheatre.co.za or 011 511 1988



Director/Set and lighting Design  FRED ABRAHAMSE

Sailor 6/Ophelia/Guildenstern/Gravedigger/Osric  MATTHEW BALDWIN

Sailor 4/Horatio/Polonius DEAN BALIE

Sailor 1/Francisco/Ghost/Hamlet/Lucianus/Costume Design  MARCEL MEYER

Sailor 5/Marcellus/Laertes/Rosencrantz/First Player  JEREMY RICHARD

Sailor 2/King Claudius/Player King  MICHAEL RICHARD

Sailor 3/Bernardo/Queen Gertrude/Reynaldo/Player Queen  CALLUM TILBURY