9 February 2022

Upper Sixth English Literature students were treated to a performance of Hamlet at The Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, a near-replica of the old Blackfriars Theatre, and part of the Globe complex in London. This candlelit production adapted Shakespeare’s text in many unusual ways, incorporating lines from Romeo and Juliet, The Smiths’ ‘Bigmouth Strikes Again’ and references to ITV’s teatime quiz, The Chase. Purists among our party balked at the gravedigger’s metatextual deconstruction of Act 5 Scene 1, but we all agreed that it was a thoroughly engaging day out with lots of drama!

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