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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.

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  • Booking until:

    Saturday, 17 February 2024

  • Running time:

    2hrs 30mins (incl. interval)

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Hamnet reviews

4.3 out of 5 based on 51 reviews

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Shakespeare as a living person

Great realisation of what it might have been like to live as Shakespeare, his family and communities at the time he was actually writing.

S Reviewed on 16 February 2024 by
Southampton, United Kingdom

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True to life

P Reviewed on 12 February 2024 by
Bristol, United Kingdom

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Wonderful

The show was amazing. We thoroughly enjoyed everything about it. It was a lovely birthday gift for my sister at a sensible price.

C Reviewed on 12 February 2024 by
Harrow, United Kingdom

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Wonderful

K Reviewed on 03 February 2024 by
London, United Kingdom

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Disapointed

Acting. much of the dialogue was very loud shouting almost and I'm hard of hearing. The midland accent was very slight. I thought that some of the actors had only a little experience. The second half was much better. Play. I was really looking forward to the play having read the book a lot was left out and I understand that but I felt to the plays' detriment.

S Reviewed on 02 February 2024 by
London, United Kingdom

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A bit confusing!

A bit confusing in act 1 but opened up in 2nd act. No hope if u had not read the book.

F Reviewed on 22 January 2024 by
Kenmare, Ireland

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An interesting show must to see

P Reviewed on 16 January 2024 by
Chatham, United Kingdom

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Hamnet adaption

Rather slow. A lot of the book has been left out leaving a very simple story.

S Reviewed on 16 January 2024 by
Thatchan, United Kingdom

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Disappointing

D Reviewed on 01 January 2024 by
London, United Kingdom

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Great acting, weak storyline

Storyline weak. However, the actors, set, lighting, music, costumes etc. were terrific.

R Reviewed on 28 December 2023 by
Sheffield, United Kingdom

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Front row seats

Top performances all round in this gorgeous ol' theater

P Reviewed on 14 December 2023 by
Southampton, United Kingdom

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Intéressant to se

A Reviewed on 12 December 2023 by
St Martin Des Champs, France

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Wonderful!

The set was fantastic, lighting and music were atmospheric. The staging was super and the essence of the novel was in the show- a beautiful love story. It was also the untold story of the female in Shakespeare’s time. The warmth and strain of the female relationships and their role in history was showcased beautifully! Thank you!

N Reviewed on 04 December 2023 by
Belfast, United Kingdom

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An enthralling show!

N Reviewed on 03 December 2023 by
Belfast, United Kingdom

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A great production of a poignant story

L Reviewed on 03 December 2023 by
Nottingham, United Kingdom

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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.

G Reviewed on 25 November 2023 by
Troston, United Kingdom

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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?

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

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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.

P Reviewed on 21 November 2023 by
London, United Kingdom

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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!

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

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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.

H Reviewed on 08 November 2023 by
London, United Kingdom

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Average

M Reviewed on 07 November 2023 by
London, United Kingdom

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Hamnet

M Reviewed on 29 October 2023 by
Ely, United Kingdom

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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.

S Reviewed on 26 October 2023 by
Nottingham, United Kingdom

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Powerful show

S Reviewed on 24 October 2023 by
London, United Kingdom

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Superbly acted

S Reviewed on 23 October 2023 by
Windsor, United Kingdom

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Must see for those who read the book and Shakespeare loversrs

E Reviewed on 23 October 2023 by
Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Family drama in a historical setting

Excellent acting and different perspective of the Shakespeare story

P Reviewed on 22 October 2023 by
Altrincham, United Kingdom

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Book is better

A Reviewed on 19 October 2023 by
Cambridge, United Kingdom

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Lacklustre

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

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

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Good but lacks the sense of suffering you in the book

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

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Disappointing

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.

P Reviewed on 12 October 2023 by
London, United Kingdom

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Amazing cast

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

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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.

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

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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

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

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Excellent acting. Very moving

A Reviewed on 07 October 2023 by
Carshalton, United Kingdom

31 Jan
2024
Emmie Newitt

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by Emmie Newitt | Wednesday, January 31 2024, 10:09

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HAMNET enters into its final weeks in the West End

by Emmie Newitt | Monday, January 8 2024, 11:04

The play which has proved popular with audiences in London and sold out last year in Stratford-upon-Avon enters its final six weeks in the West End.

hamnet west endTom Varey (William Shakespeare), Madeleine Mantock (Agnes Hathaway) in Hamnet. Credit Manuel Harlan.

HAMNET enters into its final weeks in the West End
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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
2023
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HAMNET extends its West End run and announces full cast

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

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

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2023
Emmie Newitt

Casting Announced For West End Transfer Of HAMNET

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

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Casting Announced For West End Transfer Of HAMNET