Tom Hiddleston (“The Night Manager”) will star in Kenneth Branagh’s (“Macbeth”) production of “Hamlet” in a limited three-week run at the Jerwood Vanbrugh Theatre in central London. The production will raise funds for the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), which Hiddleston graduated from; the money raised will support the RADA Attenborough project, which will hopefully raise £20m for updating the school’s premises, including the addition of campus dorms.
In an interview with The Guardian, Hiddleston said “Hamlet” presents “almost limitless possibilities for interpretation,” which struck a chord with Hiddleston and Branagh, who had talked previously about collaborating for a play. The pair had worked together on police procedural “Wallander” back in 2008 and Hiddleston’s breakout role in “Thor,” according to the BBC. Both agreed “now felt like the right time, at the right place,” for a production of “Hamlet.”
Branagh spoke of the play itself, which “speaks as loudly as ever to our volatile world,” along with his pride at having Hiddleston helm the play as Hamlet. The production is a collaboration between RADA and the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company, which just completed a year-long residency at the Garrick in the West End. Branagh is also the president of RADA.
Furthermore, Hiddleston spoke to the universality of the performing arts and his support of RADA, saying:
“The performing arts exist to bring people together, not to break or keep them apart. I hope the funds raised by the production will help RADA continue to provide a wider field of equal opportunity to train actors, stage managers and technical theatre artists, from every background, to a standard of excellence and professionalism. We need to keep the doors open for everyone.”
Branagh’s production of “Hamlet” will play from Sept. 1-23 at the Jerwood Vanbrugh Theatre in central London. The ticket ballot is tight, with tickets available via phone until Aug. 5 and online until Aug. 6.