Premiere performances: 7 and 8 December 2023 at the National Theatre
Monday 4. 3.Tickets available
Saturday 9. 3.Tickets available
Saturday 11. 5.Tickets available
Sunday 12. 5.Tickets available
Wednesday 15. 5.Tickets available
Tuesday 18. 6.Tickets available
Wednesday 19. 6.Tickets available
The National TheatreApproximate running time
2 hours 45 minutes, 1 intermission (20 minutes) minutesLanguage
In Czech, surtitles in simplified EnglishPremiere
December 7, 2023
One question stands at the beginning of the play. Many more questions remain at the end. What is the truth? What is reality? How does the lust for power defile a man? And how is a man defiled in pursuit of a revenge? Is it sensible to love? Is it sensible to act? Is it sensible to be? Wouldn't it be better to die, to sleep?
“My fate cries out”
Shakespeare’s immortal tragedy about the world’s injustice, the burden of an arduous mission, and human small-mindedness. A ghostly journey in search for the meaning and sense of life, a drama where the past mingles with the future, a story about the erosion of the state, society and values.
A barren Nordic land, rough seas and the pulsating agitation of the country and the soul. A foreign army sits tight at the borders, the new king ascends to the throne, and the surrounding lands are in turmoil. Hidden secrets are unearthed, evil omens emerge, and the ghost of the dead king imposes on his son a dreadful order to revenge his cruel murder. Where is the truth? What is reality? How does the lust for power corrupt a man? What stains on one’s soul leaves the quest for revenge? Is there a place for love in this world? Is it sensible to act? Is it sensible to be? Hamlet as a tragedy on the verges of madness, anxiety and fragility. A drama of the human soul as it was, is and will be. The famous play about the courage to challenge evil and the predicament of assuming responsibility in the crumbling world.
The new production brings Hamlet to the National Theatre’s stage after almost twenty-five years, as a reflection of the current times. The questions Shakespeare puts here before the creative team and audience mirror our feelings, thoughts and anxieties. Whenever staged, Hamlet narrates a story about the turn of eras and the end of the old world; about social changes and disillusionment, and about the ordeal of keeping true to the line that “the readiness is all”.
Official photos: Pavel Hejný
WARNING: We use tobacco products and smoke effects during the performance.
The production is financially supported by the National Theatre Benefactors' Club ans the company Assa Abloy.
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Where to buy tickets
The National Theatre sells tickets up to 6 months in advance. We are currently selling tickets for performances of Drama, Ballet, Opera and Laterna magika taking place in February-June 2024.
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