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Hamlet Tickets

To be or not to be... Shakespeare's searing portrait of a prince in crisis, in an acclaimed contemporary opera by Australian composer Brett Dean, at the Sydney Opera House.
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About Hamlet

What a piece of work is a man! How noble in reason! How infinite in faculty! And yet, to me, what is this quintessence of dust?

Shakespeare’s searing portrait of a prince in crisis intimidated nearly all of history’s greatest opera composers. Not so for Australian composer Brett Dean, who saw in Hamlet’s splintering sanity a perfect match for his evocative music.

Now is your chance to see one of the most successful operas ever composed by an Australian. Commissioned and premiered by Glyndebourne, and performed at the Metropolitan Opera of New York and the Adelaide Festival to great acclaim, Hamlet finally gets its Sydney Opera House debut.

Dean composed an expansive sound world, with a massive orchestra and chorus, at times positioned around the theatre. The effect is dramatic and luxurious, a wall of voices pressing in on Hamlet’s troubled mind. Electronics create musical ghosts. Librettist Matthew Jocelyn carves up the text so the familiar pops up in unexpected places.

One of Australia’s great Shakespearean directors, Neil Armfield created this “viscerally physical” (Sydney Morning Herald) production for Glyndebourne, collaborating with Australian designers Ralph Myers and Alice Babidge to produce a slick royal court with darkness at its heart.

The demanding title role needs an extraordinary performer: we’re excited to bring Allan Clayton to make his Sydney Opera House debut. His performance as Hamlet is “tremendous” (The Guardian), “mesmerising and monumental” (The Conversation). Lorina Gore reprises her “spellbinding” Helpmann Award-winning performance as Ophelia alongside an outstanding cast. Contemporary opera specialist Tim Anderson conducts.

Run time

3hr 25min (incl. interval)

Start date

20th July, 2024

End date

9th August, 2024

Categories

Opera, Classical

Production note
Please note: this production contains depictions of violence.

Venue

Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House

Bennelong Point, Sydney, NSW, Australia, 2000

Directions

GETTING TO THE VENUE: One of the most iconic buildings in the world – the Sydney Opera House is an architectural masterpiece and vibrant performance space.

BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT: The Sydney Opera House is a six-minute walk to Circular Quay which is regularly served by public buses, trains and ferries to Circular Quay.

BY CAR: Wilson Parking owns and operates the public Sydney Opera House Car Park, which is located at 2 Macquarie Street (Northern end). The car park is open 24 hours, 7 days a week, and has undercover access to the Sydney Opera House Lower Concourse.

For further information please visit the Sydney Opera House

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CAST

HAMLET: Allan Clayton

OPHELIA: Lorina Gore

CLAUDIUS: Rod Gilfry

POLONIUS: Kanen Breen

HORATIO: Samuel Dundas

GHOST OF OLD HAMLET/GRAVEDIGGER/PLAYER 1: Jud Arthur

LAERTES: Nicholas Jones

ROSENCRANTZ: Russell Harcourt

GUILDENSTERN: Christopher Lowrey

MARCELLUS/PLAYER 4: Andrew Moran

PLAYER 2: Virgilio Marino

PLAYER 3: Iain Henderson

ACCORDIONIST: James Crabb

Opera Australia Orchestra Opera Australia Chorus

CREATIVES

MUSIC BY: Brett Dean

LIBRETTO BY: Matthew Jocelyn after William Shakespeare

CONDUCTOR: Tim Anderson

DIRECTOR: Neil Armfield

SET DESIGNER: Ralph Myers

COSTUME DESIGNER: Alice Babidge

LIGHTING DESIGNER: Jon Clark

SOUND DESIGNER: Bob Scott

LIGHTING REALISED BY: Peter Harrison

MOVEMENT DIRECTOR: Denni Sayers

Frequently asked questions

What is the running time of Hamlet?

Hamlet runs for 3hr 25min (incl. interval)

Which theatre is Hamlet at?

Hamlet is at Sydney's Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House.

How much are tickets for Hamlet?

Hamlet tickets start at $84.

How do you get tickets for Hamlet?

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