A Dead Centre and Abbey Theatre Co-Production


1 September 2018

Booking Information

Date: 1 September at the Samuel Beckett Theatre

Times: 7:30pm

Tickets: €22 / Conc. €18

Running Time: 1 hour without an interval

Very limited availability – please call box office (01) 87 87 222

The Box Office at Samuel Beckett Theatre will be open on the day of the performance.

Introducing Aran Murphy as Shakespeare's only son, for a one-off preview ahead of an international tour.

William Shakespeare had one son. He named him Hamnet. He then left home to pursue his career in the theatre, effectively abandoning his family. In 1596, he was told that the boy – who was then eleven years old – was seriously ill. By the time Shakespeare reached Stratford, Hamnet had died.

In 1599, Shakespeare wrote a play called Hamlet.

Hamnet is too young to understand Shakespeare. And he is one letter away from being a great man. We are too old to understand Hamnet. How close are we to greatness? We meet in the middle, in a theatre, in purgatory: youth reaching forward to a life it will never know, an audience reaching back to a life it has forgotten. 

From the makers of the Irish Times Award-winning LIPPY (Irish Times Theatre Award for Best Production) and the multi-award winning Chekhov’s First Play (Irish Times Theatre Award for Best Sound Design), Hamnet is a solo work for an eleven-year-old boy. Using live video and dead video, Dead Centre attempt to bridge the gap between two generations.

Hamnet is a Dead Centre and Abbey Theatre co-production. 

Contains adult nudity





'Dead Centre’s riveting new work'
Irish Times

'Layer upon magnificent layer, it’s a play that catches the conscience - death makes losers of us all'
The Herald

'an extraordinarily fascinating and moving disposition on the meaning of life and particularly of death'
Sunday Independent

'Hamnet demonstrates the tragic experience par excellence'
Berliner Zeitung



  • Performer: Aran Murphy
  • Director: Bush Moukarzel
  • Director: Ben Kidd
  • Text by: William Shakespeare, Bush Moukarzel and Ben Kidd
  • Dramaturg: Michael West
  • Set Design: Andrew Clancy
  • Costume Design and Special Effects: Grace O'Hara
  • Sound Design: Kevin Gleeson
  • Lighting Design: Stephen Dodd
  • Video Design: José Miguel Jiménez
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