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Publisher Description

How did Claudius become the man he is in Shakespeare's Hamlet? What were the real reasons behind the murder of his brother? How does he really feel about his nephew? These questions will be answered in this drama spiced with ghosts, pirates, magic and political skulduggery.

Set in an alternative Europe in the 1930s, Elsinore is a prequel to Shakespeare's Hamlet. This compelling new drama imagines the turbulence of the Danish court in a world where Denmark is a powerful, militarised country with a small empire around the Baltic that it is fighting hard to maintain. There is more than a hint of totalitarianism in the air.

In this uneasy setting, Elsinore delves into the troubled, not to say murderous relationship between King Hamlet and his brother, Claudius: one of the most interesting characters in the Shakespearean canon. Realism meets with moments of otherworldliness as the story unravels, taking in pirates and magic, rebellion and betrayal.

A dark, exciting drama that touches on the events and people in Shakespeare's play and brings us to the moment where Hamlet begins.

From the extraordinary imagination of Sebastian Baczkiewicz, writer of the successful Pilgrim series.

Directed by Marc Beeby and Sasha Yevtushenko.

Cast:
Claudius - John Light

Hamlet - John Heffernan

Dauphin - Ed Gaughan

Captain True - Chetna Pandya

Polonius - Clive Hayward

Gertrude - Lyndsey Marshal

Anders/Dr Swiss - Neil McCaul

Olsson - Rupert Holliday-Evans

Yorick/Guard/Defence/Captain - Tayla Kovacevic-Ebong

Katya - Isabella Inchbald

Beatrix - Abbie Andrews

Archimedes/Prosecutor - David Reakes

Horatio/ Schroeder/Judge - Philip Bretherton

Laszlo/Voice/Ulrik Krabbe - Adam Fitzgerald

Uncle - Ben Crowe

Helena - Clare Corbett

Helgeland - Sudha Bhuchar

GENRE
News
NARRATOR
full cast, John Heffernan, John Light
LENGTH
02:54
hr min
RELEASED
2018
March 1
PUBLISHER
BBC Digital Audio
PRESENTED BY
Audible.co.uk
LANGUAGE
EN
English
SIZE
174.3
MB

Customer Reviews

jppmason ,

A brilliantly unique drama

Brilliant prequel to Hamlet. Beautifully acted by all. John Heffernan’s Hamlet is complex and flawed, emulating his father’s brutality. John Light gives a heartbreaking performance as Claudius, trying so hard to do the right thing, but each step leading him closer to the inevitable outcome.