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Centre stage for Shakespeare's forgotten son


Hamnet, Warwick Arts Centre, November 20-22.

Dublin-based theatre company Dead Centre, one of a string of Irish cultural exports bringing work to the Arts Centre this autumn, arrives with an innovative take on the life of our own dear Warwickshire Bard.

When William Shakespeare departed Stratford to make his fortune in London he left behind many things, including his young son Hamnet. In 1596 Shakespeare was told that Hamnet, then 11, was seriously ill, but did not make it home in time to see him alive again. Three years later, he wrote Hamlet, perhaps his most charismatic, but doomed, young hero.

Young Hamnet, of course, was never destined to see that play, and this is his reflection on life, death and his famous father, told on a bare stage by the single very young actor who plays him. One of only three UK dates following an international tour, the production comes to Warwick trailing some hugely favourable reviews.

Tickets from the box office on 024 7652 4524 or online at www.warwickartscentre.co.uk.

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