13th July - 13th August 2016

Oxford University Parks

“To be, or not to be”

The return of Treasure Island director Gari Jones brought the madness, revenge and corruption of Hamlet as we transformed the beauty of Oxford University Parks into Elsinore Castle. With sold out shows and the odd cameo from the parks ducks, our talented cast of five brought this grimy, whirlwind of a production to life with multi roling versatile portrayals in Shakespeare most popular play.


“There are visual gags and spirit-rousing blasts of punk rock to keep you on your toes; Muse and The Pixies stood out as they echoed across the park. The set is definitely minimal but has everything you need to picture the rotten state of Denmark. And making the most of the outdoor setting, you’re often aware of figures slowly passing behind you, far from the scene but still lurking in the castle of Elsinore.” Daily Info

“This play was excellent! I have always loved Creation productions and their ability to think outside the box but this surpassed anything I have seen in recent times. If you only see one play this summer make sure it is this one! Don’t miss this excellent production of Hamlet. I don’t want to give any spoilers away but this is an accessible performance for anyone – even if you haven’t read the play you can follow the story.” Audience Member on Tripadvisor

“A fab night of Hamlet in university parks Oxford. Fab acting & great location. Thanks all.” Audience Member on Twitter

“I watched their performance of Hamlet and absolutely loved it. The cast were amazing and the way they performed brought both tears and laughter. Would definitely recommend.” Audience Member Facebook

“Wow, what a performance! For those who think Shakespeare is boring head along to the Creation Theatre’s version of ‘Hamlet’, it will take your breath away.” Audience Member on Tripadvisor

“Beautifully acted and a really fresh production – I’ve seen umpteen Hamlets and this is one of the best -gripped me start to finish. My 12 year old loved it too. Magical evening.” Audience Member Facebook

“Lush. How else could one describe the combination of stunning ‘theatre’, excellent casting, sets and acting. A feast for the senses. This take on Hamlet will more than satisfy ‘Shakespeare purists’ as well as captivating those who feel they should see a Shakespeare play but aren’t sure if it’s for them.GO!!” Audience Member Tripadvisor

The team

Director – Gari Jones
Designer – Ryan Dawson-Laight
Sound Designer – Matt Eaton
Lighting Designer – Ashley Bale

Hamlet –Chris York
Gertrude – Claire Andreadis
Ophelia/Actor – Natasha Rickman
Laertes/ Rosencrantz/ actor – Gavin Molloy
Horatio/ Polonius/ Guildenstern/ actor/ clown – Clare Humphrey

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