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17/06/03
Shakespeare for Sadler's Wells
- Hamlet turns Japanese

JONATHAN KENT's radical new version of Hamlet plays at Sadler's Wells from August 29. The all male production of Shakespeare's classic is performed entirely in Japanese with English subtitles, and marks Kent's return to theatreland since resigning as artistic director of the Almeida last year.

Kent made his name working with Ian McDiarmid to revamp the tiny Islington theatre. Together they turned the fringe venue into a producing house where opera thrived and classics received intelligent revivals. Throughout the 1990s they received Olivier awards for their groundbreaking work, stepping down only to allow RSC director Michael Attenborough the chance to take over.

Instead of presenting his own productions, Kent now relies on London producers. Theatrical impresario Thelma Holt builds on her reputation for championing the work of Japanese director Ninagawa by producing Kent's Hamlet. The show promises to bring a new audience to the usually dance based Sadler's Wells.




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