Tom Stoppard originally took a punt at a Hamlet spin-off with his 1990 absurdist, existentialist tragicomedy, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. Now playwright Julia Stubbs Hughes, has taken a leaf out of Stoppard’s book by fashioning a new play from an old character.
Hamlet Our Brother is Hortatio’s story – or rather what happens to him after he’s left standing in a room of dead and dying at the end of Shakespeare’s epic story.
Hamlet the King is dead. Hamlet the Prince is dead. All are dead but one. Horatio alone survives, standing among the fallen. Hamlet Our Brother pitches Horatio, the observer to a tragedy, centre stage in this one man exploration into the aftermath of Shakespeare’s most famous play.
20 South Street is presenting this new one-man show, performed by South African actor Jeffrey Mundell, at the Brockley Jack Studio Theatre in South London next month.
Mundell is currently shooting Our Shining Sword, a new British independent feature film by Callum and Andrew Burn, in which he plays the lead, Spitfire ace Douglas Miller. The film is due for release in 2017.
Julia Stubbs Hughes has taken Shakespeare’s Hamlet and, using only the play’s text, recreated it into a thrilling, one-man re-imagining of Hamlet, told from a new perspective.
Julia’s first play, Summer, an adaptation of Edith Wharton’s ground-breaking novel, premiered at the Jack Studio Theatre in 2012 and was then published. She is currently developing her third play, a stage adaptation of Anais Nin’s short novel, Stella.
Hamlet Our Brother, directed by Timothy Stubbs Hughes, plays at the Brockley Jack Studio Theatre from April 5-9.