Emmie Newitt

Casting Announced For West End Transfer Of HAMNET

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


Maggie O'Farrell's best-selling novel HAMNET is transferring to the Garrick Theatre on 30 September after its sell-out run at The Swan in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Directed by Erica Whyman and adapted by Lolita Chakrabarti (Life of Pi), the production has opened to the biggest box office advance in the Garrick Theatre's history.

The cast and creative team of HAMNET

Reprising their roles from the RSC's Stratford-upon-Avon run are:

  • Sarah Belcher as Joan
  • Will Brown as Burbage/Father John
  • Ajani Cabey as Hamnet
  • Frankie Hastings as Eliza/Customer
  • Karl Haynes as Ned
  • Alex Jarrett as Judith
  • Madeleine Mantock as Agnes
  • Hannah McPake as Jude
  • Tom Varey as William Shakespeare
  • Peter Wight as John/Will Kempe

Further casting is still to be announced.

The production will feature Set and Costume Design by Tom Piper, Lighting by Prema Mehta, Sound Design by Simon Baker, Music by O─čuz Kaplangi, Casting by Amy Ball CDG, Movement by Ayse Tashkiran and Fights by Kate Waters.

What is HAMNET about?

Warwickshire, 1582. Agnes Hathaway, a natural healer, meets the Latin tutor, William Shakespeare. Drawn together by powerful but hidden impulses, they create a life together and make a family.

As William moves to London to discover his place in the world of theatre, Agnes stays at home to raise their three children but she is the constant presence and purpose of his life.

When the plague steals 11-year-old Hamnet from his loving parents, they must each confront their loss alone. And yet, out of the greatest suffering, something of extraordinary wonder is born.

What do the reviewers say about HAMNET?

"Evocative and beautifully acted" - The Times

"Erica Whyman's atmospheric production" - The Telegraph

Book your tickets for HAMNET now

Playing from 30 September 2023 - 6 January 2024 at Garrick Theatre, don't miss out on the stage adaptation of a book that has sold over 1.5 million copies worldwide.

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