By William Shakespeare

21st September – 27th October, 2018

“The time is out of joint. O, cursèd spite,
That ever I was born to set it right!”

A murdered King. A remarried Queen. A state on the precipice. When society starts to collapse, do we fight or flee?

Hamlet is one of the most revived Shakespeare plays in the Gate’s 90 year history (1928-2018). In celebration of the theatre’s pioneering founders, Hilton Edwards and Micheál Mac Liammóir, Shakespeare’s iconic story of politics, vengeance, madness and murder is reimagined in a ground-breaking, visionary Gate Theatre production for today’s audience.

Oscar-nominated Irish actress, Ruth Negga, makes her Gate stage debut in the title role of Hamlet, joined by a cast of Ireland’s finest actors. Award-winning director Yaël Farber heads an exciting creative team including Tony award-winning set and costume designer Susan Hilferty, lighting designer Paul Keogan and composer Tom Lane.

Hamlet will be part of the 2018 Dublin Theatre Festival.

There will be a Sign Language Interpreted Performance of Hamlet on Saturday 13 October at 1.3opm. Patrons availing of this service are advised to book via boxoffice@gate-theatre.ie to access a discounted ticket rate and seats with the best sight lines. Amanda Coogan will be the ISL Interpreter for this performance.

Cast & Creatives

Cast includes: Fiona Bell, Gavin Drea, Aoife Duffin, Nick Dunning, Peter Gaynor, Steve Hartland, Mark Huberman, Will Irvine, Gerard Kelly, Barry McKiernan, Ruth Negga, Shane O’Reilly, Owen Roe, Gerard Walsh

  • Director
    Yaël Farber
  • Set & Costume Designer
    Susan Hilferty
  • Lighting Designer
    Paul Keogan
  • Sound Designer
    Tom Lane
  • Movement Director
    Muirne Bloomer
  • Voice Director
    Andrea Ainsworth
  • Associate Director
    Marc Atkinson
  • Text Edit
    Yaël Farber
  • Textual Advisor
    Ben Power
  • Associate Costume Designer
    Orla Long
  • Assistant Director (intern)
    Romana Testasecca

Dates & Tickets

We ask that patrons with mobility issues please book directly through our Box Office on 01 874 4045.

Previews: from Fri 21st September, 2018
Opening Night: Thurs 27th September, 2018
Matinees: Wed & Sat – 1.30pm
Evenings: Mon to Sat – 7.00pm

Sign Language Interpreted Performance: Saturday 13 October at 1.3opm

Tickets: From €15

Running time: 3 hours and 15 minutes, incl. an interval.


‘A stunning gift for Irish theatregoers…Negga is mesmerizing’
The Times (Ireland)


‘Negga is an inspired choice as Hamlet – playful, vulnerable, resilient, radiant.’
The Stage


The Telegraph


Irish Examiner


Irish Daily Mail


‘The Gate have reached a pinnacle of classicism combined with relevance…a memorable production ringing with authenticity’
Sunday Independent


‘A brilliant production of one of the best plays ever written’
Irish Independent

“The dilemma “to be or not to be” has held us in its thrall for centuries – and has never seemed more potent and urgent. A Hamlet for our time.”

Yaël Farber, Director

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