'She’s like no one I’ve ever met... She’s like fire and water all at once.'

Experience the Royal Shakespeare Company’s hotly anticipated world premiere production of Maggie O’Farrell’s HAMNET now playing at London’s Garrick Theatre following a sell-out run in Stratford-upon-Avon.


‘Pure theatre gold’ Mail on Sunday


Warwickshire, 1582. Agnes Hathaway, a natural healer, meets the Latin tutor, William Shakespeare. Drawn together by powerful but hidden impulses, they create a life together and make a family. When the plague steals 11-year-old Hamnet from his loving parents, they must each confront their loss alone. And yet, out of the greatest suffering, something of extraordinary wonder is born.


‘Chakrabarti’s tender stage adaptation of O’Farrell’s heartbreaking novel’ Financial Times
‘Madeleine Mantock shines with an otherworldly brightness’ Independent


Based on Maggie O’Farrell’s best-selling book and adapted by award-winning playwright Lolita Chakrabarti (Life of Pi, Red Velvet, Hymn), Hamnet pulls back a curtain on the story of the greatest writer in the English language and the woman who was the constant presence and purpose of his life.


Directed by Erica Whyman, with Set Design by Tom Piper, Lighting by Prema Mehta, Sound by Simon Baker, Music by Oğuz Kaplangi, Movement by Ayse Tashkiran, Fights by Kate Waters and Casting by Amy Ball CDG, Hamnet is a love letter to passion, birth, grief and the magic of nature.


Now playing at London’s Garrick Theatre for a limited season until 17 February 2024.


Garrick Theatre

2 Charing Cross Rd, Charing Cross, London WC2H 0HH

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Audio described – 18/01/24 2:30pm

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No exchanges or refunds after purchase.


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3.9(35 reviews)
  • Dee Aitch

    Feb 15, 2024

    Sadly, this was not an enjoyable experience. The noise of the tube and the uncomfortable seats aside - it was a very disappointing show.

  • H

    Jan 27, 2024

    I thought that the cast got the emotion over marvellously .

  • Anne-Marie Glasheen

    Jan 26, 2024

    What an amazing production of this superb adaptation of the book! The casting was first class and the acting incredible, especially that of Madeleine Mantock - I felt her joy, and her pain both physical and emotional. What a tour de force. Sets and costumes and the way they were changed and adapted - involving all cast members - was genius. Wonderful music and choreography. All in all, my best theatrical experience in years. Thank you.

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