Bell Shakespeare’s latest production of Hamlet has everyone talking. Damien Ryan’s direction of the text has been praised for its clarity and depth. We spoke to actor Robin Goldsworthy, who plays Rosencrantz in the production, ahead of the company’s arrival in town for three shows across the 21st and 22nd of August at Newcastle’s Civic Theatre.
While this is Robin’s first production for Bell Shakespeare, he’s no stranger to the “Bard of Avon” having performed Shakespeare many times before. His most recent roles include the 2014 production of Twelfth Night, and What You Will at Sydney’s Seymour Centre.
“I’ve done many Shakespeare’s before, but working with Bell Shakespeare is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time,” he tells us over the phone while taking a break from a Q and A session with a group of school children,
“Bell really take care of their artists. They think about the little things like travel and accommodation”.
Robin talks about the longevity of Shakespeare’s work, and expresses his thoughts on why he thinks the stories still remains relevant to this day,
“Relationships between people have not changed,” he explains, “[the] themes of loss, sorrow, passion, and desperation will always be contemporary.”
This particular production of Hamlet has been described as a ‘must-see’, and Robin proposes that the man behind the show is the reason why it’s had such critical acclaim.
“Damien Ryan is the best Shakespearean director in the country,” he says, “People have never seen Shakespeare like this before!”
Bell Shakespeare’s production of Hamlet comes to the Civic Theatre Newcastle on 21st August for two shows at 11am and 8pm, and a final performance at 8pm on the 22nd August.
Tickets are on sale now.
WHO: Bell Shakespeare
WHEN: 21st & 22nd of August
WHERE: Civic Theatre Newcastle