A drama company of students trod the boards at The Floral Pavilion Theatre in New Brighton in November as part of the national 2015 Shakespeare for Schools festival.
The King’s School Young Shakespeare Company presented Hamlet alongside productions of Much Ado about Nothing by William Stockton Primary School, Titus Andronicus by Upton High School and A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Overchurch Primary School.
The cast returned to the stage once again at The King’s School in December allowing family and friends a second chance to see it.
The production modernised Hamlet by transferring the action from 16th century Denmark to a 21st century celebrity obsessed, media manipulated world where the family of Elsinore are under the constant glare of the paparazzi spotlight.
Hamlet himself was played by Eden Hambleton Davies with Lottie Cliff as Gertrude, Jonathan Ralphs, as Claudius and Alchemy Lucas as Ophelia supported by an ensemble.
The cast and crew were commended by festival organisers for their professionalism throughout the day and the production of Hamlet was described by theatre director Laurence Chater during the post-show appraisal as slick, sophisticated and stylish.