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Bell Shakespeare is celebrating its 30th birthday with a new vision of the great Dane

For 30 years now, Bell Shakespeare has been changing the way Australians see Shakespeare, with innovative and gripping productions that bring his work hurtling into the 21st century. The company is kicking off its anniversary celebrations with a new production of Hamlet, the tragedy considered by many to be Shakespeare's best work, starring Harriet Gordon-Anderson in the title role.

Bell Shakespeare's artistic director, Peter Evans will be at the helm, delivering a production awash with 1960s glamour. This gorgeous vision will provide the perfect backdrop for the story of a young prince's struggle with the enormity of his loss as his family is ripped apart by murder and betrayal. And of course, there's the visit from a certain ghost that changes Hamlet's path forever.

Gordon-Anderson is joined by a cast of newcomers and theatrical veterans, including Lisa McCune, Jeremi Campese, Tony Cogin, Jack Crumlin, James Evans, Kevin MacIsaac, Jane Mahady, Robert Menzies, Aanisa Vylet and Sophie Wilde.

The production is in Fairfax Studio, Arts Centre Melbourne, from April 23.


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