Shakespeare via Stockton
April 5, 2018 no comments
Last Saturday, having no doubt enjoyed one too many Easter eggs, some of you might have thought it a good time to settle down in front of the television for three hours of Elizabethan revenge tragedy. BBC2 broadcast a live recording of the acclaimed Almeida Theatre production of Hamlet, starring Andrew Scott as the depressed Dane struggling to avenge his father’s murder. The acclaimed revival was described as an “all-consuming marvel” and “extraordinarily, heartbreakingly beautiful”.
But what has a notable Shakespeare production got to do with the history of Stockton on Tees, you may be asking. Well, the director Robert Icke, “among the most exciting young British theatre-makers of his generation”, hails from round these parts. Making his way from Ian Ramsey School, via Cambridge University to the Almeida, the West End and Broadway, Robert picked up an Olivier Award in 2016. A possibly over competitive Gazette was keen to point out his success in beating Kenneth Branagh.
IN YOUR FACE BRANAGH
And a further delve into the newspaper archives reveals a successful GCSE student back in 2003 keen to study drama. Seems like that was a pretty good idea.