VIP guests savour RSC opening night

Hamnet makes its world stage premiere at the Swan Theatre 

The Royal Shakespeare Company welcomed special guests to the world stage premiere of Hamnet at the Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon. The new play based on the best-selling novel by Maggie O’Farrell, has been adapted by award-winning playwright Lolita Chakrabarti and features Madeleine Mantock as Agnes Hathaway and Tom Varey as William Shakespeare with Peter Wight returning to the RSC to play John/Will Kempe. Guests attending the premiere included Niamh Cusack, Emma Fielding, Olivia Williams, Rhashan Stone, Ben Miles and Sally Phillips.


1 Maggie O’Farrell, Madeleine Mantock

2 Lolita Chakrabarti

3 Erica Whyman

4 Tom Varey, Peter Wight, Frankie Hastings

5 Gregory Doran

6 Alex Jarrett, Ajani Cabey

7 Griselda Yorke, Georgina Gatti, Caro Newling, Rebecca Treanor

8 Olivia Williams, Rhashan Stone

9 Sally Phillips

Photography by Joe Bailey