Your’e never bored with The Bard

The Royal Shakespeare Company is performing a special young people’s production of Hamlet at Rotherham’s Magna Centre, helping to puncture the myth that schoolchildren find Shakespeare boring.

Made specifically for young people and families and just 1hr 10 min long, this production is the perfect introduction to Shakespeare for all ages.

Hamlet is a young man on the edge. His father’s death was suspicious and his mother has hastily married his uncle, the man he suspects of murdering his father. Trapped in the

claustrophobic court of Elsinore he must discover the truth and decide if he has a right to avenge his father.

Adapted by Tarell Alvin McCraney and Bijan Shebani and directed by Tarell, this 70 minute version of the play is performed using Shakespeare’s original text and without interval. The performance at Magna will be accompanied by a Q and A with the company.

Since 2008, through its YPS productions, the RSC has invited directors and writers to make surprising, challenging and entertaining work for children aged 8 and over, giving them a great first experience of Shakespeare. Although primarily aimed at children the YPS productions have proved just as popular with audiences of all ages.

Jacqui O’Hanlon, RSC Director of Education, said:“The Young People’s Shakespeare performance series lives out the principles of our Stand Up For Shakespeare manifesto by creating opportunities for children and young people to see Shakespeare Live, but this time in their own back yard. The YPS Hamlet tour is the fulfilment of a long held company ambition to take our work on the road and into schools and communities that would otherwise rarely get the chance to see it. It also demonstrates our commitment to excellence in the teaching, learning and performance of Shakespeare’s plays with half of the Hamlet company possessing an RSC/University of Warwick postgraduate award in the teaching of Shakespeare. Most importantly of all, the work is being promoted by the schools and venues who know their communities best.”

Two performances will take place at Magna Science Adventure Centre on Friday 7th October, 7.30pm and Saturday 8th October 2pm. Tickets to the Saturday performance include day entry to Magna and the outdoor play areas. Adults £10, young people £5, for more information on the performance at Magna or for group booking, telephone 01709 720002.