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Hamnet Tickets

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  • Booking until: Saturday, 17 February 2024
  • Running time: 2hrs 30mins (incl. interval)
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Hamnet is based on Maggie O’Farrell's best-selling novel, a brand new play adapted by the award-winning playwright Lolita Chakrabarti. She was responsible for Life of Pi, Red Velvet, and Hymn, revealing the sheer quality of this fabulous play. Here, we pull back the curtain on the story of the greatest English playwright and Anne Hathaway, the woman who loved and supported him.

Hamnet Shakespeare was a twin to Judith, his sister, baptised on 2 February 1585. By the time Hamnet was four years old his dad was already famous. At age eleven the family buried Hamnet after he died of the plague. He was the only son of William Shakespeare and Anne Hathaway, and some Shakespearean scholars say there are strong connections between the boy's tragic death and the plays King John, Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar, and Twelfth Night.

At the time, in England, around a third of children died before aged ten. Child death was common but it was just as heartbreaking then as it is now. This play reveals how Hamnet's death impacted the greatest playwright England has ever seen.

What's the plot of Hamnet

The place is Warwickshire, the year is 1582. Agnes Hathaway is a natural healer, William Shakespeare is a Latin teacher. They begin a life together and have twins. When the plague kills eleven year old Hamnet, each of them has to handle their loss alone. But out of their terrible suffering came beauty.

The world premiere of Hamnet took place at the amazing restored Swan Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon in April 2023. Now it's transferring direct to London's Garrick Theatre this autumn for a limited 14 week season, a love letter to 'passion, birth, grief and the magic of nature'.

The Hamnet West End cast is led by Madeleine Mantock from Charmed and The Long Song. She plays Agnes Hathaway. Joan is played by Sarah Belcher and Burbage / Father John by Will Brown. Hamnet and Thomas Day are played by Ajani Cabey and Eliza by Frankie Hastings. Ned is portrayed by Karl Haynes, Judith by Alex Jarrett, Jude by Hannah McPake and Mary by Elizabeth Rider. Tilly and Caterina are played by Rose Riley and Susanna by Harmony Rose-Bremner. Bartholomew is by Obioma Ugoala, William by Tom Varey, and John by Peter Wight.

The creative team is equally impressive: the director is Erica Whyman, the designer is Tom Piper and the lighting comes from Prema Mehta. The music is by Oğuz Kaplangi and the sound by Xana. Movement comes from Ayse Tashkiran and dramaturg from Pippa Hill. The fights are by Kate Waters. The casting director is Amy Ball CDG, the music director is Alice Brown, the associate designer is Pip Terry and the assistant director is Linda Miller.

Who is Hamnet for?

There isn't an official age limit yet, but keep your eyes open.

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  • Booking until:

    Saturday, 17 February 2024

  • Running time:

    2hrs 30mins (incl. interval)

Performance Times
Mon - 19:30
Tue - 19:30
Wed - 19:30
Thu 14:30 19:30
Fri - 19:30
Sat 14:30 19:30
Sun - -

Next Performances for Hamnet at the Garrick Theatre

tomorrow 5th Dec 2023 7:30pm
Wednesday 6th Dec 2023 7:30pm
Thursday 7th Dec 2023 2:30pm
Thursday 7th Dec 2023 7:30pm
Friday 8th Dec 2023 7:30pm
Saturday 9th Dec 2023 2:30pm

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Hamnet reviews

4.1 out of 5 based on 31 reviews

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An enthralling show!

Reviewed on 03 December 2023 by , Belfast, United Kingdom

A great production of a poignant story

Reviewed on 03 December 2023 by , Nottingham, United Kingdom

Second half upped a gear.

Enjoyable play and good acting - really engaged with “Ann”. The second half brought together the Shakespeare’s life into the great plays.

Reviewed on 25 November 2023 by , Troston, United Kingdom

Despite never having seen Hamlet (my wife did it for A-level and never wants to see the miserable play again), this was a very touching modern take on family life including stresses of working away, sacrifice, bereavement and ghastly in-laws. Hamlet only figures at the end, unlike Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are dead, but that's another story! Or does it only figure at the end?

Reviewed on 25 November 2023 by , Newton Abbot, United Kingdom

Slob Marries Witch

Nothing hapened in the fist half, so we left and had a nice meal while everyone else was sitting though this dire bilge's act two. Drama free theatre and beyond awful.

Reviewed on 21 November 2023 by , London, United Kingdom

All four of us enjoyed the show and thought it faithfully represented the book and we agreed it helped to have read the book first. It was a powerful emotional story well told and the staging captured the historical period well. We were all totally involved throughout and needed a few minutes at the end to return to ourselves!

Reviewed on 16 November 2023 by , St Albans, United Kingdom

Slightly disappointing

The play was adapted creatively from the book but just didn't quite capture the magic of the book. It was ok but I wasn't gripped by it.

Reviewed on 08 November 2023 by , London, United Kingdom


Reviewed on 07 November 2023 by , London, United Kingdom


Reviewed on 29 October 2023 by , Ely, United Kingdom

Fab adaptation of a great book.

We v much enjoyed this adaptation of a favourite book. The acting, esp of the character Agnes, was excellent. Staging imaginative & effective. Staff all good service.

Reviewed on 26 October 2023 by , Nottingham, United Kingdom

Powerful show

Reviewed on 24 October 2023 by , London, United Kingdom

Superbly acted

Reviewed on 23 October 2023 by , Windsor, United Kingdom

Must see for those who read the book and Shakespeare loversrs

Reviewed on 23 October 2023 by , Amsterdam, Netherlands

Family drama in a historical setting

Excellent acting and different perspective of the Shakespeare story

Reviewed on 22 October 2023 by , Altrincham, United Kingdom

Book is better

Reviewed on 19 October 2023 by , Cambridge, United Kingdom


Never got going , only the ending and when we were in London the rest felt belaboured sentimental and cliched

Reviewed on 19 October 2023 by , Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom

Good but lacks the sense of suffering you in the book

Reviewed on 16 October 2023 by , New Malden, United Kingdom


I loved Maggie O’Farrell’s book but, sadly, the stage adaptation does not come close to capturing the magic of the novel. The play follows the plot of the book so closely that it misses the opportunity to bring the main characters to life. It’s well acted - particularly the part of Agnes - but the script fails to deliver. A disappointing night out.

Reviewed on 12 October 2023 by , London, United Kingdom

Amazing cast

Reviewed on 12 October 2023 by , Park Ridge, United Kingdom

The enjoyment of the production was marred by the poor visibility of the upper part of the stage set (not indicated in tickets) which was crucial to the plot and obviously designed for a different venue. We were sitting in the rear stalls (row U) It was also unpleasantly hot in the theatre. For these reasons we would not choose to attend a production at this theatre again despite enjoying this particular play.

Reviewed on 10 October 2023 by , Haywards Heath, United Kingdom

All Shakespeare afficianos must see

The story is strong but the staging and lighting make it a separate art form from the novel and even those who have read will enjoy this on its own

Reviewed on 07 October 2023 by , Aspen, United States Of America

Excellent acting. Very moving

Reviewed on 07 October 2023 by , Carshalton, United Kingdom

10 Oct
Emmie Newitt

Best London plays to see in Autumn 2023

by Emmie Newitt | Tuesday, October 10 2023, 11:34

Autumn has arrived, even if records of 29 degrees across the UK in recent weeks has made it feel like Summer has hung around for a little longer recently. Now the nights are drawing in slightly earlier, instead of heading straight home for an evening on the sofa - why not spend your time with a trip to one of London’s theatres.

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Best London plays to see in Autumn 2023
28 Sep
Emmie Newitt

Interview with Hamnet's Alex Jarrett

by Emmie Newitt | Thursday, September 28 2023, 15:20

After its sell-out run in Stratford-upon-Avon, the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of HAMNET opens for a limited season at the Garrick Theatre from Saturday 30 September. Maggie O'Farrell's award-winning novel has been adapted for the stage by Lolita Chakrabarti and directed by Erica Whyman. Ahead of its opening, we spoke with Alex Jarrett who plays Judith to find out more about this play..

hamnet garrick theatreAjani Cabey (Hamnet) and Alex Jarrett (Judith) - credit Manuel Harlan

Interview with Hamnet's Alex Jarrett
05 Sep
Emmie Newitt

HAMNET extends its West End run and announces full cast

by Emmie Newitt | Tuesday, September 5 2023, 11:52

The West End transfer of Maggie O'Farrell's HAMNET begins performances on 30 September.

cast of hamnet west endThe cast of Hamnet. Credit: Simon Hadley

HAMNET extends its West End run and announces full cast
20 Jun
Emmie Newitt

Casting Announced For West End Transfer Of HAMNET

by Emmie Newitt | Tuesday, June 20 2023, 11:00

Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) and Neal Street Productions in association with Hera Pictures announce the cast for the West End transfer of HAMNET.


Casting Announced For West End Transfer Of HAMNET