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TO be or not to be? - that is the question!

Well this production of Shakespeare’s Hamlet definitely is.

In fact it started last night (Thursday) and runs until tomorrow (Saturday).

The celebrated theatre company Northern Broadsides is currently making a welcome return to the Gaiety Theatre with their highly acclaimed new production.

Performances start at 7.30pm nightly with a matinee at 2pm tomorrow.

Northern Broadsides’ haunting production, directed by Conrad Nelson, employs theatrical sleight of hand to conjure ghosts of the dead and demons of the mind, bringing to the stage an inventive and insightful take on the tortured Danish prince.

Celebrated for their revelatory approach to Shakespeare and featuring a multi-talented company of charismatic actors, Northern Broadsides has won a loyal following worldwide.

The company last visited the Isle of Man with Comedy of Errors and Sweet William in 2005.

Hamlet’s cast features Nicholas Shaw in the role of Hamlet (‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore and Anthology, Liverpool Everyman Theatre), Becky Hindley (best known as the stalker Charlotte Hoyle in Coronation Street) as Gertrude, Natalie Dew (Arabian Nights, Royal Shakespeare Company) as Ophelia and Finetime Fontayne (Othello, Northern Broadsides) as Claudius.

The production, set in the post-war era, also features brothers David Colvin (Black Watch, National Theatre of Scotland) as Rosencrantz and Richard Colvin (Assassins, Sheffield Theatres) as Guildenstern, appearing together on stage for the first time.

Hamlet is co-produced with Staffordshire’s award-winning New Vic Theatre.

The Isle of Man Arts Council is supporting the production’s visit to the Gaiety Theatre.

Arts Council chairman Quintin Gill MHK said: ‘This is a production for everyone.

‘The Arts Council’s support in bringing Northern Broadsides to the Isle of Man provides an opportunity for residents and visitors to see a more contemporary production.

‘Don’t miss the chance to catch it – just look at the show’s reviews for confirmation how brilliant this production is.’

Minister for Community, Culture and Leisure David Cretney MHK added: ‘It is with the support of the Isle of Man Arts Council that the department is able to keep the programming at the Gaiety Theatre varied with highly-acclaimed productions such as this one from Northern Broadsides.’

Tickets for Hamlet cost from £16 and are available from the Ticket Hotline on 600555, the Sea Terminal Welcome Centre or online at villagaiety.com

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