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Injecting Hamlet with Northern grit; PREVIEW: Hamlet, Aberystwyth Arts Centre.

SHAKESPEARE'S Hamlet takes to the stage in Aberystwyth next week following a partnership between Northern Broadsides and the New Vic Theatre, Newcastleunder-Lyme.

The production is set on the battlements of Elsinore, which are haunted by a restless spirit. The veil between the natural and the supernatural is ripped apart, and a tormented young man teeters on the brink of madness.

His choices are stark: revenge or mercy; hope or despair; life or death.

Northern Broadsides' haunting production, directed by Conrad Nelson, employs theatrical sleight of hand to conjure ghosts of the dead and demons of the mind, bringing to the stage an inventive and insightful take on the tortured Danish prince.

Celebrated for their revelatory approach to Shakespeare, Northern Broadsides have built a loyal following.

Hamlet's cast features Nicholas Shaw in the title role, Becky Hindley as Gertrude, Natalie Dew as Ophelia, and Fine Time Fontayne as Claudius.

The production also features brothers David Colvin as Rosencrantz and Richard Colvin as Guildenstern, appearing together on stage for the first time.

Co-produced with Staffordshire's award-winning New Vic Theatre, the production's creative team includes New Vic resident designer Lis Evans who recently won national acclaim for The Canterbury Tales with lighting by David Philips.

Northern Broadsides' work displays a high degree of theatrical inventiveness and robust performances from a large ensemble cast of Northern actors who all perform in their natural voices.

Broadsides presented their first co-production with the New Vic, The Tempest, in 2007 and Romeo and Juliet in 2008.

The Victoria Theatre Company was the first professional company in Britain to perform permanently in the round.

Today, the award-winning New Vic is internationally known for its professional productions, new commissions and for its work in the community.

* Hamlet is at Aberystwyth Arts Centre from Wednesday to next Saturday. The box office number is 01970 623232
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Apr 2, 2011
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