A Dead Centre and Abbey Theatre Co-Production


26 September - 7 October 2017

Booking Information

Dates: 26 September – 7 October
On the Peacock Stage

Previews: 26 & 27 September

Times: Tues – Sat 8pm

Tickets: €18 – €25 / Conc. €16 – €20

Running Time: 1 hour without an interval

To book for a group of 6+ call (01) 87 97 266

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

“Grief fills the room up of my absent child” - King John, Act III, Scene IV

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

Post-Show Discussion: Thu 5 Oct, with members of the company


'Dead Centre’s riveting new work'
Irish Times

'probably my favourite show of the festival ... a remarkable piece'
Financial Times

'a riveting, completely poised, solo performance by Ollie West'

'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

Photography © Gianmarco Bresadola

Meet the Cast 



  • Performer: Ollie West
  • Writer and Director: Bush Moukarzel
  • Writer and Director: Ben Kidd
  • Writer: William Shakespeare
  • 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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