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Shakespeare in a Suitcase: Hamlet

by New International Encounter

children-and-family, theatre

Bitesize Shakespeare, re-telling Hamlet in 45 minutes by 2 actors, 1 musician and a few items in a suitcase!

about the production

With an ensemble of 2 actors, 1 musician and a few items in a suitcase, we have set ourselves the challenge of telling the story of Hamlet in just 50 minutes. A new accessible version of Shakespeare's most famous tale, aimed for ages 8+.

about the artist

New International Encounter (NIE) is an award-winning international company creating new theatre shows and participation projects with young people through a mix of physical theatre, live music and storytelling. We create spellbinding narrative theatre and have worked in 34 countries spanning 4 continents, from New York to Cape Town to Shanghai.

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stage dimensions

width: 5 metres

height: 2 metres

depth: 4 metres

Self contained show, can be set up and taken down in 1 hour. Suitable for any indoor spaces.
Set: Scaffolding creating a curtain back drop. 1 chair, 1 amp and 1 pedal loop

Targeted for ages 8+ including families | Key Stage 2 | Key Stage 3

Hamlet provided a wonderful opportunity for our students to be immersed in live theatre at school. The production was incredible. Our Year 6 children were transfixed throughout the performance, enjoying the acting, live music and singing.

Ella Jones, Deputy Headteacher

The production of Hamlet was amazing. All the children were really engaged and on the edge of their seats. I would thoroughly recommend.

Y5 Teacher

I really liked it because it had humour, heart- break and pain. The music quality was great, I loved the songs.


Open to BSL performances at additional cost. All performances can be relaxed performances if needed.

Workshops can be offered alongside the production, led by NIE Associate Director Michael Judge at an additional fee.
This production comes with free online resources and filmed extracts from the show. This aims to enrich the experience of the show for the young people and provide support for teachers.

£950+VAT minimum fixed fee for 2 shows in 1 day. Open to negotiations including box office splits with a guarantee. Open to negotiations for longer runs.

Testing is done twice a week with cast. A full covid risk assessment is done prior to the tour and safety provisions are taken with the cast.