Shakespeare’s Classic Comes To Life At Palace Nova Eastend

Nicholas Hytner’s acclaimed production of Hamlet, with Rory Kinnear in the title role, continues the second season of National Theatre Live at Palace Nova Eastend.

Shakespeare’s play will be captured live in high definition at the National’s Olivier and screened at Palace Nova on Saturday January 15 at 1pm and Sunday January 16 at 1pm.

Following his celebrated performances at the National in ‘Burnt By The Sun’; ‘The Revenger’s Tragedy’; ‘Philistines’; and ‘The Man of Mode’, Rory Kinnear is astonishing as Hamlet. He recently won the prestigious Best Actor Award for this role at London’s Evening Standard Theatre Awards.

The cast also includes Clare Higgins (Gertrude), Patrick Malahide (Claudius), David Calder (Polonius), James Laurenson (Ghost/Player King) and Ruth Negga (Ophelia).

The National Theatre, founded in 1963, and established on the South Bank of the River Thames in London in 1976, has three theatres – the Olivier, the Lyttelton and the Cottesloe. It presents an eclectic mix of new plays and classics, with seven or eight productions in repertory (sharing the stages) at any one time. The National aims constantly to re-energise the great traditions of the British stage and to expand the horizons of audiences and artists alike, and aspires to reflect in its repertoire the diversity of the nation’s culture.

National Theatre Live is a groundbreaking initiative to broadcast the best of British theatre captured live in the UK to cinemas worldwide. The first season of events, which began in June 2009 was seen by over 165 000 people on 320 screens in 22 countries.

“We couldn’t have foreseen that the experimental NT Live season would be such a hit with audiences around the world, who are hungry to see our work in their local cinema,” says Nicholas Hytner, Director of the National Theatre. “We’re delighted that we can confidently build on its success with a second season of broadcasts.”

Hamlet runs 3 hours 45 mins, including pre-show and interval. Saturday, January 15 at 1pm and Sunday, January 16 at 1pm. Tickets on sale from Palace Nova Eastend box office and online at

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