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On from 03 Jun 2016 till 03 Jun 2016
All Around Town
by Tom Cuthbertson
Genre(s): New Writing

Tickets: £7.00 / (£4.00 concessions)


Librarian Theatre Presents…

A Rapid Re-telling of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, to be performed in UK Libraries
Librarian Theatre are a new theatre company who create shows based on classic plays and stories, and adapt them to be performed between the bookshelves at libraries and bookshops. Having been on a huge tour of the country they are doing their final date on 3rd June 7.30pm Westminster Reference Library before touring a new show in autumn 2016.

Their first show, The Book’s The Thing, is a fast-paced adaptation of Hamlet by William Shakespeare, set in a library and performed by just three actors and a puppet Ophelia. The 75 minute ‘rapid re-telling’ was newly adapted by the company’s co-founders Tom Cuthbertson, who will be directing the production, and Kelly Eva-May, who plays the lead role of Hamlet. Other cast members include Sarah Ratheram and Keith Hill.

Librarian Theatre have been working in partnership with Hertfordshire Libraries since last June, and the initial idea was met with widespread support when they crowdfunded over £6,000 in October to get the project started, with praise shared on Twitter from big literary names such as Margaret Atwood, Mark Haddon and Joanne Harris, and an article about the campaign featured in The Stage. In early 2016 Arts Council England awarded a grant of just under £49,000 from National Lottery funds to support the production on a 10 week tour to over 40 UK libraries.

Librarian Theatre are a not-for-profit organisation who aim to work alongside the library sector to deliver accessible, affordable and professional quality theatre to local communities, whilst using their tours as opportunities to promote and protect public library services, reading and literacy.

Tickets on sale at

3rd June 7.30pm Westminster Reference Library 35 St Martin's St, WC2H 7HP London

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