Maxine Peake as Hamlet – Official Press Release, FB page & Trailer

Maxine Peake as
HAMLET

FILMED AT THE ROYAL EXCHANGE THEATRE, MANCHESTER

In cinemas: Monday 23rd March 2015

March 2015 sees the cinema release of Maxine Peake as HAMLET, the film of Sarah Frankcom’s acclaimed production of HAMLET at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester.

The compelling stage-to-screen film, directed by Margaret Williams (Peter Grimes on Aldeburgh Beach, One Man Walking), sees Maxine Peake (The Theory of Everything, The Village, Silk) in the title role of Shakespeare’s iconic play, in which Hamlet, consumed by despair, struggles to exact revenge for his father’s murder, with devastating consequences.

The film is distributed by Picturehouse Entertainment and will open in nearly 300 cinemas and counting in the UK on Monday 23rd March 2015.

The strong, poignant production depicts intense family drama and the power of grief. Maxine Peake’s fierce and textured Hamlet imbues the role with anger, indignation and purpose. Filmed with eight cameras by an expert team, the film captures the intensity of the stage production with all the polish and care of a feature film.

Directed by award-winning Artistic Director of the Royal Exchange Theatre Sarah Frankcom (Masque of Anarchy, Punk Rock, A View from the Bridge), the Royal Exchange Theatre’s stage production of HAMLET played to sell-out houses throughout its run. This stripped-back, fast-paced version, with moments of humour, is a captivating production that rebalances the gender casting. HAMLET received four- and five-star reviews across the board.

Sarah Frankcom comments: “As a director I think you can only begin to think about doing HAMLET if you are absolutely passionate about a particular actor. Right from the beginning of this production it felt like a thrilling opportunity to explore, excavate and interrogate something with Maxine Peake, the most fearless and most courageous actor that I’ve ever worked with.”

Maxine Peake was BAFTA-nominated for her performances in both Hancock and Joan and The Village, and is hugely respected for her performances in Red Riding and as Myra Hindley in See No Evil. She has a long relationship with the Royal Exchange Theatre and is now an Associate Artist. Earlier this year, her play Beryl was performed at West Yorkshire Playhouse.

The strong supporting cast includes John Shrapnel as Claudius/Ghost (Phedre, with Helen Mirren at the National Theatre; Macbeth, with Kenneth Branagh, 2016), Barbara Marten as Gertrude (The Mill, Vera), Gillian Bevan as Polonia (London Road, Teachers), Katie West as Ophelia (Without You and the Royal Exchange production Punk Rock), and Thomas Arnold as Horatio (Call the Midwife, Wolf Hall and Endeavour).

Maxine Peake as HAMLET is directed by award-winning filmmaker Margaret Williams, whose version of Written on Skin (Royal Opera House/BBC) won five awards including the Gramophone Contemporary Award and the Diapason d’Or. Margaret said: “I was delighted to work with my incredible team on this astonishing project. Being able to shoot creatively ‘in the round’ with tremendous support from the Royal Exchange Theatre made for a stimulating experience which was thoroughly enjoyable.”

The film is produced by Anne Beresford (MJW Productions) and Debbie Gray (Genesius Pictures), who both produced Peter Grimes on Aldeburgh Beach. Debbie Gray had major success in 2014 with the BAFTA-nominated film Northern Soul, which reached number ten at the UK box office and number one in the DVD chart. Anne Beresford is known for her work in music and arts as well as on feature films including Mouth to Mouth starring Ellen Page.

Watch the trailer:

From its sell-out run at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre comes this unique and critically acclaimed production of Shakespeare’s tragic Hamlet.

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Video Trailer: Maxine Peake as Hamlet

The Royal Exchange’s gender-bending production of Hamlet comes to cinemas

Maxine Peake impressed audiences and critics with her performance as Hamlet at Manchester’s Royal Exchange in autumn 2014. Director Sarah Frankcom’s modern-dress production of Shakespeare’s tragedy was the theatre’s fastest selling show of the decade.

Now those who missed it, or would like a second helping, can watch the entire play – at their local cinema. Margaret Williams’ film was shot over the last three nights of the sell-out run, the first time the Royal Exchange has broadcast a show.

Maxine Peake is a familiar face to TV viewers. She was nominated for a BAFTA for her roles in BBC One’s The Village and Hancock and Joan, and also starred in legal drama Silk, Shameless and as Myra Hindley in See No Evil.

In his review for the Telegraph, Dominic Cavendish said her turn as Hamlet had “…that invaluable quality, integrity, and crucially, too, it lacks earnestness. Peake is unafraid to make a fool of herself – pulling faces, twinkling with madcap mischief – while her swordsmanship has a Flynn-like flair.”

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Video Update: The Falling – first HD Trailer – in cinemas 24 April 2015

EDIT (24 Feb): I’ve replaced the small trailer with an HD copy. Enjoy!



For her follow-up to Dreams of a Life, Carol Morley creates a haunting and emotionally charged tale of friendship, sex and hysteria in a 1960s girls’ school, starring Game of Thrones actor Maisie Williams alongside newcomer Florence Pugh.

Get a world-exclusive first look at one of the British films of the year, released on 24 April

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Picturehouse Entertainment releases Hamlet HD Trailer

Good morning! We kick of the first week of January with the newly released Hamlet trailer, you can watch it below! Enjoy:



Don’t miss this one! I saw it in theatre and it was SO good. Fab acting cast, brilliant effects and an extraordinary Maxine Peake 🙂

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Video Update: Strange Weather Trailer starring Maxine Peake and Lex Shrapnel



Two strangers witness a natural phenomenon that reawakens their senses and draws their empty lives together.

Strange Weather is a short film by Tom Shrapnel starring Maxine Peake and Lex Shrapnel.

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SO excited for this one! 😀