Michael Sheen, one of the finest actors of his generation, plays Hamlet under the direction of one of Britain's leading directors Ian Rickson (Jerusalem), who makes his Shakespearean debut with this electrifying new production.
After worldwide recognition for his film work, BAFTA-winning actor Michael Sheen (The Queen, Frost/ Nixon, The Damned United) makes a welcome return to the London stage where he last played David Frost in Frost/Nixon (Donmar/ West End/ Broadway). This will be his first Shakespearean role since 1997 when he won great acclaim for his portrayal of Henry V for the RSC.
Former Royal Court artistic director Ian Rickson comes to the Young Vic following his acclaimed productions of Jerusalem (Royal Court/ West End/ Broadway), The Children's Hour (West End) and Betrayal (West End).
They are joined by a stellar cast drawn from the worlds of film, musicals, theatre and TV including Adeel Akhtar (Faisal in Chris Morris's Four Lions) as Guildenstern/Francisco, Told by an Idiot co-founder Hayley Carmichael (Sweet Nothings; Young Vic) as Horatio, James Clyde (Peter Hall's Twelfth Night; NT, Neil Bartlett's Romeo & Juliet; RSC) as Claudius, Sally Dexter (Mother Superior in Sister Act, Mrs Wilkinson in Billy Elliot; West End) as Gertrude, Callum Dixon (Government Inspector; Young Vic) as Marcellus, Pip Donaghy (The Deep Blue Sea/ Rattigan's Nijinsky; Chichester Festival Theatre) as Barnardo, Michael Gould (Earthquakes in London, Our Class, Women of Troy; All NT) as Polonius, Vinette Robinson (Tender Napalm; Southwark Playhouse, Welcome to Thebes; NT, Sugar Mummies; Royal Court and BBC's Sherlock) as Ophelia, Eileen Walsh (Disco Pigs; Bush Theatre and film The Magdalene Sisters) as Rosencrantz and Benedict Wong (whose films include Ridley Scott's upcoming Prometheus, Duncan Jones' Moon and Danny Boyle's Sunshine) will play Laertes.
Hamlet is directed by Ian Rickson and designed by Jeremy Herbert, with costumes by Nicky Gillibrand, light by Adam Silverman, sound by Gareth Fry, music by Stephen Warbeck, choreography by Maxine Doyle and casting by Sam Jones.