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International News Ian McKellen to Star as Hamlet in Re-Imagined World Premiere at Edinburgh Fringe

McKellen will share the role with dancer Luke Schaufuss, son of the production's director and choreographer Peter Schaufuss.

Johan Christiansen, Ian McKellen, and Peter Schaufuss
Johan Christiansen, Ian McKellen, and Peter Schaufuss

Tony winner Sir Ian McKellen will take the stage as Hamlet for the third time in his career at Saint Stephens Theatre for Scotland's Edinburgh Festival Fringe August 2-28. The show officially opens August 4 at 7 PM.

The performance concept adapts Shakespeare's famous tragedy Hamlet with a collaboration between McKellen and ballet dancer and choreographer Peter Schaufuss. McKellen will share the role with lead dancer Johan Christiansen, with McKellen performing Hamlet's speeches and soliloquies in collaboration with the choreography. Also performing will be Luke Schaufuss, Stefan Wise, and artists from the Edinburgh Festival Ballet Company. The production runs for 75 minutes.

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Peter Schaufuss will direct and choreograph the performance, which will feature original music composed by Ethan Lewis Maltby and production design by Ben M. Rogers. The show will inaugurate the new 400-set Ashton Hall at Saint Stephens Theatre in Edinburgh, which has been named in honor of the late choreographer Sir Frederick Ashton.

McKellen previously played Hamlet in 1971 on tour and in the West End and then again at age 81 in 2021 at the Theatre Royal Windsor.

For tickets and more information, visit CitizenTicket.co.uk.

 
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