Tom Hiddleston returns to the stage this summer for the Sir Kenneth Branagh-directed production of Hamlet, the acclaimed actor playing the titular character.
However, as excellent as watching two of Britain’s best actors bringing Shakespeare’s iconic play to life will no doubt be, there’s one huge catch.
The production will only run for three weeks at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art’s (Rada) Jerwood Vanbrugh theatre, a venue that only seats 160 occupants.
To get the very exclusive tickets — which cost £15 for under-25s, £45 and £95 for the rest — you must register to a ballot, which closes Sunday 6 August at 6 pm. All money raised will go towards RADA.
"Hamlet presents almost limitless possibilities for interpretation,” Hiddleston, a former RADA student, said. “Kenneth Branagh and I have long talked about working on the play together and now felt like the right time, at the right place.”
The Thor actor continued: “The performing arts exist to bring people together, not to break or keep them apart. I hope the funds raised by the production will help RADA continue to provide a wider field of equal opportunity to train actors, stage managers and technical theatre artists, from every background, to a standard of excellence and professionalism. We need to keep the doors open for everyone.”
Branagh’s Hamlet runs between from 1-23 September, successful ticket applicants only able to purchase two tickets. For those unsuccessful, Andrew Scott is currently playing the iconic character at the West End's Harold Pinter, the production ending on the 2 September.
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