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Friday 10 June 2022

Award Winning Theatre Company Brings Hamlet The Comedy To Brighton Open Air Theatre

Award winning theatre company Oddsocks Productions are renowned for their uniquely entertaining, comic adaptations of classic literature. 

This summer will see this popular company embark on a national tour of their latest production: Hamlet the Comedy.

Creative Producer Elli Mackenzie explains why the company chose this year to tackle Shakespeare's most iconic play and how Oddsocks manages to make the play unique and funny without altering the original text and plot beyond recognition:

"Hamlet is a story for today. It is about a young person whose world has suddenly shifted a hundred and eighty degrees by circumstances beyond their control. How many young people can relate to this, especially at the moment? 

"Young Hamlet is struggling with responsibility, grief and growing up in a changing world and needs to make decisions about how to move forward.

Hamlet The Comedy Trailer (2022)

"We work with an experienced and multi-skilled cast to bring out any comic potential the situations their characters find themselves in. 

"When the actors express the true meaning of the words being spoken and at the same time react truthfully to the comic situation their character finds themself in it serves to heighten the text"s meaning focus the attention to what is happening for the characters. 

"This is never more important than when playing to a large audience in the open air, subtlety is lost when competing for attention with forces beyond our control: Wind, rain, heat, passing airplanes and birds. 

"The most important thing is that the audience have a fun, entertaining and memorable experience and as a company we love to deliver that in a different way each summer. 

"There are lots of outdoor Shakespeare productions, but only one Oddsocks version."

Performances will be at Brighton Open Air Theatre from Thursday 9th – Saturday 11th June, 7pm (Saturday matinee 2pm). Tickets can be purchased at

by: Mike Cobley


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