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After playing to five-star reviews and standing ovations in Europe, America, and South Africa, Artscape proudly presents a limited return season of Abrahamse & Meyer’s internationally acclaimed Hamlet as part of the 2022 Grade 12 Set Work Season, this April.

The Abrahamse & Meyer production takes its inspiration from one of the earliest recorded performances of Hamlet during Shakespeare’s lifetime.


In 1608, off the East Coast of South Africa, the crew of the East India Ship, Red Dragon performed Hamlet aboard their ship.


Hamlet abounds with images of theatre, acting, actors and this production re-imagines Shakespeare most iconic play within the context of the historic performance aboard The Red Dragon as a play within a play within a play utilizing a cast of only 6 actors playing 6 Jacobean sailors who, in turn, play all the parts in Shakespeare’s Hamlet.


The local and international press raved, calling the production “a sheer masterpiece”, “a must see” and “world-class Shakespeare”.



“Most people have seen a passable production, but few have witnessed its full glory in live performance. I thought I had seen a decent Hamlet before, but Abrahamse & Meyer Production’s Hamlet made my other viewing experience seem amateur by comparison. The excellent performances, innovative interpretations of the text, and bold design choices all came together to create a transcendent production that I will not soon forget.” HUFFINGTON POST USA

“Shakespeare’s Hamlet, as produced by Fred Abrahamse and Marcel Meyer, was of world-class standard; right up to the standard of those actors who perform at the Old Vic and indeed the Royal Shakespeare Company.” THE ANNOUNCER

“The production was riveting. The cast of six male actors filled the stage with unqualified magnitude, creating genuine relationships and passionate moments. Marcel Meyer’s Hamlet was profound and powerful. Director Fred Abrahamse’s interpretation of the ghost of Hamlet’s father was truly brilliant. When the ghost appears, he possesses Hamlet and speaks through him. This jaw dropping scene defines Hamlet’s ‘madness’.”

“A sheer masterpiece…Will take your breath away” MY VIEW

“Superb…Excellent…A towering performance…Imaginative, inventive, interesting” CAPE TIMES

“A triumph” CITY PRESS

“mesmerising” THE DAILY MAVERICK

“maritime masterpiece…tour-de-force…A stroke of genius…not likely to be forgotten soon” CAPE ARGUS

“a remarkable feat…an emotional roller-coaster…astounding” WHAT’S ON IN CAPE TOWN

“innovative…the language reigns supreme…this production is a must see” –ARTSVARK

“nuanced…striking and special” THE CITIZEN


Best Costume Design – Marcel Meyer [nomination]

Best Set Design – Fred Abrahamse [nomination]

Best Ensemble – The cast of Hamlet [nomination]

Best Production for Young Audiences [age 11 – 18] [nomination]


This is the perfect opportunity for learners to experience the power of Shakespeare’s greatest play in performance.


Ticket Price: R80

Booking through the Artscape Box-Office: 021 421 7839 or


Performances Dates and Times:


Thursday 7 April @ 15:00

Friday 8 April @ 11:00


Monday 11 April @ 11:00

Tuesday 12 April @ 11:00

Wednesday 13 April @ 11:00

Thursday 14 April @ 11:00 and 15:00


Tuesday 19 April @ 11:00

Wednesday 20 April @ 11:00

Thursday 21 April @ 11:00 and 15:00

Friday 22 April @ 11:00

Sat 23 April @ 19:00 **


**Gala performance for Shakespeare’s Birthday