McKellen, who first played the confused young Dane 50 years ago, revealed the news of his website
“I feel happy to be working again, thanks to the inspired optimism of Bill Kenwright and the invitation of Sean Mathias to reconsider Hamlet, 50 years after my first departure. So now we will meet again. I don’t know when, but I know where– – The Royal Windsor Theater! “wrote the actor Twitter
One of Britain’s most famous stage actors, McKellen has also starred in blockbuster films, from the film “Lord of the Rings
“Hamlet” is a five-act tragedy written by the author William Shakespeare
some time between 1599 and 1601, and it is one of Shakespeare’s most famous works.
While “gender-blind” casting is becoming more prevalent in theater – in 2012, London warehouse Donmar staged an all-female version of Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” while Glenda Jackson played King last year
– Castings for the elderly are rarer, and the title role of Hamlet is usually played by much younger actors.
Unrestrained, the show itself is physically demanding and time-consuming for the actors and audience – the 1996 full-length film by Kenneth Branagh lasts more than four hours.
According to a statement from the Royal Windsor Theater, rehearsals for “Hamlet” will continue on June 29, but it is not clear when and in what way the theater will be able to open its doors.
Months of closure aimed at curbing the spread of coronavirus have hit the world-famous art industry in the UK hard, with major venues including Shakespeare’s Globe Theater insolvency warning and closure.
Although some leisure venues in England may start reopening from 4 July, some theaters plan to remain closed due to ongoing concerns about the proximity of patrons.
In a statement posted online Friday, the Royal Windsor Theater said it would release more information on performance dates and tickets once it receives government guidance on how to safely reopen.