RADA CHAIRMAN KENNETH BRANAGH LEADS TOM HIDDLESTON TO HAMLET TO RAISE FUNDS FOR MAJOR CAPITAL APPEAL
THREE WEEK LIMITED ENGAGEMENT SEPTEMBER 1-23, 2017 AT RADA’S JERWOOD VANBRUGH THEATER
TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE THROUGH A BALLOT, WHICH WILL BE OPEN AT NOON ON TUESDAY 1 AUGUST UNTIL SUNDAY 6 AUGUST AT 6 PM
Kenneth Branagh’s Olivier Award-winning theater company will partner with RADA on a co-production of Hamlet, to support the transformation of RADA’s Chenies Street site in London, developing the Academy as a global training leader in dramatic arts.
The production will star RADA alumnus Tom Hiddleston in the title role and will play a strictly limited three-week run at RADA’s 160-seat Jerwood Vanbrugh Theater from September 1-23, 2017.
All funds raised will support the RADA Attenborough campaign, which aims to raise £20m, enabling the regeneration of Academy premises on Chenies Street.
RADA’s new premises will provide RADA’s first on-site accommodation for students. RADA already financially supports 70% of students in its core programs, and these new accommodations will further remove financial barriers to training.
The regeneration, which will also include a new library and improved archives, will convert the listed drill hall into a flexible 250-seat public theatre, named the Richard Attenborough Theatre.
The cast company and creative team are made up of members of the Kenneth Branagh Theater Company and RADA. They are Ayesha Antoine (Rosencrantz / Bernarda), Lolita Chakrabarti (Queen Gertrude), Nicholas Farrell (King Claudius), Sean Foley (Polonius / Osric), Tom Hiddleston (Hamlet), Ansu Kabia (King Hamlet / Player King / Gravedigger), Caroline Martin (Horatia), Eleanor de Rohan (Guildastern / Marcella / Priest), Irfan Shamji (Laertes / Player Queen) and Kathryn Wilder (Ophelia). Hamlet will be designed by James Cotterill with lighting design by Paul Pyant (both RADA graduates) and sound design by Paul Arditti and Christopher Reid. Lucy Bevan and Emily Brockmann are the production’s casting directors.
RADA and the Kenneth Branagh Theater Company are also excited to work with colleagues from many other sectors of the industry, as well as current RADA Theater Technical Arts students.
To ensure that the release of tickets is fair, a ballot will be opened at noon on August 1, which can be entered online until 6 p.m. on Sunday August 6, and by telephone from noon on August 1 until 5 p.m. on August 5 (lines are open daily from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.). Successful applicants will be notified no later than August 8 and will then have 48 hours to reserve their tickets on August 9 and 10.
Randomly selected, all successful applicants have the opportunity to purchase a maximum of two tickets within the allotted 48-hour booking window. Tickets for specific dates cannot be guaranteed, however, and all dates are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Purchases will be limited to a maximum of two per person for all performances. No tickets may be sold by third parties and the resale of tickets is strictly prohibited. To avoid any risk of resale, customers can only collect their tickets on the day of the performance (60 minutes before the start of the show). Those reserving must bring the relevant documents to collect their tickets, and photo ID will be required for those under 25 reserving to access the auditorium.
Also, no returns will be offered for production. Therefore, there will be no return queue or single-day tickets available for purchase for Hamlet at the RADA box office in person or online.
Twenty percent of the tickets will be priced at £15 and are only available to audiences aged 25 and under. Another twenty percent will be priced at £45, with the remaining tickets at £95.
As this is a fundraising event, the decision has been made not to offer free tickets to the media. Any journalist wishing to buy a ticket will be able to take part in the ballot. This is an attempt to create a level playing field and raise as much money as possible for the RADA Attenborough campaign.
Edward Kemp, Director of RADA, said “We are delighted to have Kenneth Branagh returning to RADA to work with Academy graduates in support of our fundraising campaign. At RADA, our close ties to industry are an essential part of training, and we are committed to maintaining those ties in an ever-changing industry. This is a wonderful opportunity for the actors in our third year of graduation, as well as our current Technical Theater and Stage Management students, to work alongside extremely talented professionals – forming an artist collaboration that brings together a wealth of experience and exuberant young talent.
Kenneth Branagh said “I believe that Shakespeare and RADA are very good things. This production celebrates both. We bring together actors, writers, directors and technicians from last year’s KBTC Garrick season, and pair them with past graduates and present from RADA, as well as artists from the wider creative world. to explore Shakespeare’s Hamlet. The play speaks as loudly as ever about our unstable world and we are proud that Tom Hiddleston leads an exciting group of actors, so that he is playing the lead role for the first time. This work has been in discussion and planning over a period of many years. Finding expression at, with and for RADA is a privilege.
Tom Hiddleston said “Hamlet presents nearly limitless interpretive possibilities. I look forward to exploring them, along with this excellent cast, at RADA. Kenneth Branagh and I have long talked about working on the play together, and now we felt like the right time, in the right place. To be guided by him as a director, an expert and a friend, is our great fortune. The performing arts exist to bring people together, not to separate or tear them apart. I hope the funds raised by the production will help RADA continue to provide a broader field of equal opportunity to train actors, managers and technical theater artists, from all walks of life, to a level of excellence and professionalism. We need to keep the doors open to everyone.
HAMLET by William Shakespeare
Jerwood Vanbrugh Theater
Monday to Saturday at 7:30 p.m. from September 1 to 23
Matinees at 2:30 p.m. on September 2, 9, 16, 23
Ticket Office (Cambridge Live) 01223 357 851
Tickets £95, £45 and £15 for under 25s
No credit card or booking fees
Accessible seating is available at all performances.
The race will also include accessible performances, details of which will be announced shortly; customers are encouraged to provide access requirements when registering for the ballot.
Hamlet at RADA is kindly supported by:
The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) offers professional training for actors, managers and technical theater artists. RADA was established in 1904 and has since built an exceptional reputation as a world-renowned center of excellence, offering the best possible facilities, exceptional teaching and strong links with the industries that employ its graduates. RADA’s student population is a diverse community, united by a common passion for theatre. RADA prides itself on both the professional standard of its student productions and its track record of employment in theatre, film and television.
RADA is committed to finding talent wherever it exists and increasing training opportunities through nearly £500,000 in scholarships per year.
RADA figures 2015-16 – based on BA Acting course
• 27% of students are from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds
• 74% of UK students receive some form of financial aid, including meal vouchers
• 39% of UK students (new to higher education) have a household income of less than £25,000
• 54% of UK students (new to higher education) have a family income of less than £43,000
For nearly a decade, Warner Bros. Entertainment is RADA’s main partner. The partnership includes support for a number of drama and technical theater students through the Warner Bros. Creative Talent: A key part of the Studio’s commitment to investing in the next generation of talent. This includes financial aid in the form of scholarships, as well as masterclasses and mentorship opportunities, where students are matched with an executive mentor to help them navigate the entertainment industry. Warner Bros. Entertainment also generously supports RADA’s on-screen acting training as part of the partnership.
About the Kenneth Branagh Theater Company
The Kenneth Branagh Theater Company opened its inaugural year-long season, Plays at the Garrick, in October 2015. In collaboration with artistic associates Rob Ashford and Christopher Oram, Kenneth Branagh presented a seven-play West End residency that featured an acting company led by a group of notable performers including Judi Dench, Derek Jacobi, Rob Brydon, Lily James, Richard Madden, Zoë Wanamaker, Meera Syal and Adrian Lester.
In collaboration with Picturehouse Entertainment (now Trafalgar Releasing), Branagh Theater Live saw several Plays at the Garrick season productions released to cinemas around the world, bringing must-see theater to more than 445,000 people in 37 countries and five continents. The live broadcast of The Winter’s Tale topped the UK cinema box office.
Now in its third year, the Olivier Award-winning Kenneth Branagh Theater Company is partnering with RADA and will co-produce Hamlet, which will star RADA graduate Tom Hiddleston and be directed by RADA President Kenneth Branagh. The production will raise funds to support the transformation of RADA’s site on London’s Chenies Street, developing the Academy as a global training leader.