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POSTED: 16 JANUARY 2010

La Boite's David Berthold kicks off with a contemporary Hamlet*

David Berthold directs a contemporary and compelling reinvention of Shakespeare’s Hamlet in his first production as Artistic Director of Brisbane’s La Boite theatre company.

David’s recent credits include the world premieres of Saturn’s Return for the Sydney Theatre Company and six acclaimed seasons of Holding the Man, which transfers to London’s West End in May.

Hamlet is Shakespeare’s cleverest hero, and maybe the sexiest too. We want to be him, be friends with him, or sleep with him. He is son, lover, friend, student, comedian, actor, director, brilliant visionary and expert swordsman. And he’s a Prince.

Yet for all this astonishing variety, he walks the world with us and asks our questions.

One of Australia’s most riveting young actors, Toby Schmitz, stars as the Prince of Denmark in his Queensland mainstage debut, leading a top-shelf ensemble cast that includes Cocoloco’s Trevor Stuart and Matilda Award winners Helen Howard and Eugene Gilfedder.

With electrifying designs by Greg Clarke (The White Earth) and David Walters (The White Earth, The Pineapple Queen), Hamlet guarantees an exhilarating evening of edge-of-your-seat drama.

Hamlet will run at the Roundhouse Theatre, Kelvin Grove, from 6 February to 14 March.

*Based on media release issued by La Boite.

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