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Hamlet
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For the first time in Britain, an all-black cast present Shakespeare's greatest tragedy.Remember me...Denmark, a Black Empire of modern England, where an intelligent young student discovers the world he once knew has crumbled. Implored to defend what is left of his father's decaying legacy, Hamlet now faces the greatest moral challenge - to kill or not to kill.Directed by Jeffery Kissoon (RSC, National Theatre, Robert Lepage, Peter Hall and in Peter Brook's seminal production of The Mahabharata) and adapted with Shakespeare's text by award-winning playwright Mark Norfolk, this fast-moving version gets straight to the heart of a young man's dilemma.This first all-black production of Hamlet in Britain makes a striking contribution to the Shakespeare 400 anniversary celebration.
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Preface by Dr David LintonHamlet

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UK national tour, produced by Black Theatre Live with support from Tara Arts. A striking contribution to the Shakespeare 400 anniversary celebration. Black Theatre Live is a pioneering national consortium of 8 regional theatres led by Tara Arts (London), with the necessity of diversity in theatre at its core: it is committed to effecting change for BAME theatre, and audiences. Black Theatre Live most recently toured hit productions of Tara Arts' Macbeth (2015) directed by Jatinder Verma, She Called Me Mother (2015) starring Golden Globe nominee Cathy Tyson and The Diary Of a Hounslow Girl (2016) by young writer Amdreen Razia. Social Media cross-promotion, community building and engagement with @BlackTheatreLive #BlackHamlet #Shakespeare400.

About the Author

Mark Norfolk writes for film, theatre and radio. His theatre work includes Blair's Children (co-author; Cockpit Theatre); Wrong Place (Soho Theatre); Where The Flowers Grow, Naked Soldiers, Knock Down Ginger (Warehouse Theatre) and in 2015 he became the first recipient of the Alfred Fagon Award's Roland Rees Bursary. His radio work includes The City Speaks (BBC Radio 4) and Medium Risk (BBC Radio 3). His recent films Shadow Gene, Ham & The Piper and Crossing Bridges (which he wrote and directed) have won many international awards including Best Film and Best Director at Festfilm Kosovo, SevenArt Best Film, Best Feature Film at the Peloponnesian Film Festival, Best Film at the Black International Film Festival, Best Feature at the Carmarthen Film Festival, a Screen Nation Award and a Silver Chris Award in Columbus amongst others. He currently lectures in Screenwriting at Birkbeck, University of London.

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