Thursday 20 June 2024
Join The Lord Chamberlain’s Men this summer, in their 20th year, for Hamlet, arguably the greatest play in the English language. With a history stretching back to William Shakespeare’s original company, they present this great play as he first saw it – in the open air, with an all male cast and Elizabethan costumes, music and dance.
“Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.”
Returning home from university for his father, the King of Denmark’s funeral, which is also the occasion of his mother’s remarriage to his uncle, Hamlet the Prince, is visited by the ghost of his father. The ghost reveals that his brother, Hamlet’s uncle, now stepfather and King, killed him and he urges Hamlet to take revenge. Driven to distraction by the grief of his father’s death and what lies ahead of him, Hamlet is forced to confront his deepest fears and in doing so questions himself, those around him and the very nature of existence.
“To be, or not to be, that is the question.”
Thrilling, moving and deeply human this stunning play seeks answers to life’s biggest questions and, in doing so, holds up a mirror to all our natures.
“Thus conscience does make cowards of us all.”
Bring a chair and a picnic and prepare to be entertained and transported. Book early to avoid missing out!
Doors open to theatre ticket holders from 6pm, with the performance commencing from 7pm.
For theatre-goers wishing to visit Harewood prior to 6pm on the day of the performance to enjoy the Grounds, we are offering a reduced entry rate of £5 per person. Reduced rate tickets are available to purchase upon arrival at Harewood on the day of the performance with a valid theatre ticket. For full entry times, please click here. Please note that the House will not be open on this day, any early arrival tickets will be for the grounds only.
Show your theatre ticket in our Courtyard Cafe to enjoy 10% off your order.*
*Discount not valid with any other promotions such as member discount.
You’re welcome to bring along your own picnic and seating. Please note, no tables are permitted and we ask that you kindly take all of your litter away with you.
The performance will go ahead whatever the weather! This is an outdoor event so please come prepared with suitable warm and waterproof clothing or sun cream and hats if required.
The performance will take place on the North Lawn, the grassed area opposite the House. Car parking and toilet facilities are located close to the performance area.
Subject to availability, tickets may be available to purchase upon arrival to Harewood on the day of the performance. Take advantage of the pre-booking discount and book your tickets in advance.
There will be a 15 minute interval approxiamtely 1 hour into the performance.