Izzard's Solo Hamlet Features in Riverside Studios' Summer Season

Programme includes new Shakespeare adaptations and three European premieres

Eddie Izzard performing his version of Hamlet

May 6, 2024

This season at the Riverside Studio will see Eddie Izzard bring his solo staging of Hamlet to Hammersmith.

The inaugural London performance of the production which had a triple-extended run in New York City js being held in 450-seat Studio 3 from 23 May – 30 June. Izzard performs all 24 roles in the same manner as his 2023 interpretation of Great Expectations.

From 2 – 12 May, Tang Shu-Wing Theatre Studio, in partnership with Romania’s National Theatre Marin Sorescu Craiova presents the European premiere of an all-female physical theatre adaptation of Shakespeare’s King Lear, directed by Tang Shu Wing (known for his 2015 Cantonese adaptation of Macbeth, staged at Shakespeare’s Globe in London). Starring celebrated Hong Kong actress Cecilia Yip, the show presents the narrative through the non-verbal theatre of gesture, built on highly minimalistic and stylized aesthetics.

Running in Studio 2 from 5 – 30 June, Moffie is South African playwright Philip Rademeyer's adaptation of André Carl van der Merwe's biographical novel about his time as a conscript in the apartheid era South African Defence Force, made into a stage monologue, performed by Kai Luke Brümmer. Brümmer previously starred in South African director Oliver Hermanus’s 2019 film adaptation of the same novel.

As well as two large-scale studio theatre productions, these season sees a new series of Riverscribes theatre writing workshops, a free public exhibition, and various new live music events.

Nadine Gray, creator of the 'Riverscribes’ writer’s development and workshop series, says, “Riverscribes is about giving writers an opportunity to learn and gain knowledge and experience in the field of writing. You can be at any stage of your career weather you are just starting out or have written something in any genres of writing. For me it is rewarding to see the journey of many of the attendees and there is so much more in store for them. With the brand starting out as playwrighting, I am so happy that it is building to prose, screenwriting and more exciting sessions we have lined up.”

Returning after world premiere in April, during which it was nominated for the Off West End Theatre Awards, Seal Boy from Evol Productions will return from 21 May – 1 June. The play renders Ken Weizman’s story of the relationship between a mother and her unconventional child.

Images of Elton John, Travis, and The Cranberries all feature in the latest exhibition at Riverside Studios, Music Seen: Recording Artists On and Offstage at Riverside and Beyond, presenting work from photographer Mark Allan’s archive and running until 1 June. Riverside Studios has been the home Top of the Pops, from which these rarely seen images are taken.

Dermot O'Leary (second right) with Mystique from the Music Seen exhibition
Dermot O'Leary (second right) with Mystique from the Music Seen exhibition

Building on a programme of regular River Room music events—weekly performance platforms welcoming established and emerging artists—the River Sessions series has curated acts from its regular roster to headline their own concerts.

For tickets and further information about the season click here.

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