HAMLET extends its run at Theatre Royal Windsor

Ian McKellen as Hamlet at Theatre Royal Windsor
First look at Ian McKellen as Hamlet at Theatre Royal Windsor
Credit: Mark Brenner
  • Seats released for three extra weeks until September 25th, 2021
  • Cast Includes: Ben Allen, Francesca Annis, Frances Barber, Emmanuella Cole, Llinos Daniel, Alis Wyn Davies, Ashley D Gayle, Alison Halstead, Nick Howard-Brown, Jonathan Hyde, Asif Khan, Lee Knight, Missy Malek, Ian McKellen, Jenny Seagrove
  • Directed by Sean Mathias

Having opened the production under extended social distancing restrictions (now due to end on July 19th), we are thrilled to announce that we have been able to extend our run of Hamlet by three weeks.

All performances thus far, and through to the end of July are sold out, so we urge you to book your tickets now.

The reimagined age, color, and gender-blind production, directed by Sean Mathias, see Ian McKellen lead a permanent company in two plays including Francesca Annis, Frances Barber, Jonathan Hyde, and Jenny Seagrove.

Tickets start at just £25 with discounts available for NHS workers and students. The staging of Hamlet has been designed to offer the unique experience of being up-close and immersed in the performance via Shakespearean wooden bleacher seats on either side of the stage.

Box packages are also available. Choose a Royal or Circle box with a pre-show and interval glass of fizz, and a complimentary program delivered to your private box. Contact Box Office for more details.

Due to the extension of Hamlet, the second production in our Season, The Cherry Orchard will now open three weeks later than planned, from Fri 1st October – Sat 13 November

Listings Information


Performance Dates: Mon 21 June – Sat 25 September

Show Times: 7.30 PM Mon-Sat

Special matinee performances: 2.30 PM Sat 24 July, Sat 21 August & Sat 11 September (no evening performances on these dates)

The Cherry Orchard 

Performance Dates: Fri 1st October – Sat 13 November

Show Times: 7.30 PM Mon-Sat

2.30 PM Thu & Sat 

Ticket Prices: £25 – £75 

Further ticket released: Tues 13th July, 10.30 am


Box Office: 01753 853 888 

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Sean Mathias is a leading British theatre and film director and writer with numerous awards to his name including the Evening Standard Theatre Award, WhatsOnStage Award, the Critics’ Circle Theatre Award, a Fringe First at Edinburgh, and the Prix de la Jeunesse at Cannes. In 2009/10 Sean was the Artistic Director of Theatre Royal Haymarket where his legendary production of Waiting for Godot starring Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart and Simon Callow, played two seasons, as well as touring the UK and internationally. In 2013 Sean directed and co-produced Beckett’s Godot and Pinter’s No Man’s Land in rep on Broadway. His production of No Man’s Land, starring Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart, was the highest-grossing play in the history of Wyndham’s Theatre. His association with Bill Kenwright started with his revolutionary production of Design For Living starring Rachel Weisz.

Ian McKellen made his long-overdue debut at Theatre Royal Windsor in 2019 in his acclaimed solo show. He was heralded that year as the most important actor in British theatre. Over the years he has worked with Sean Mathias consistently, most recently in WAITING AND GODOT and NO MAN’S LAND with another friend, Patrick Stewart. Mathias directed him as Uncle Vanya at the National Theatre and is looking forward to a further Chekhov journey. McKellen’s performances in Shakespeare are legendary, from Macbeth with Judi Dench to his film of RICHARD III with Maggie Smith. He played Hamlet on tour and in the West End nearly fifty years ago and is looking forward to the challenge of a return visit.

Bill Kenwright’s estimated 500 productions include West End successes Jessica Lange in A Streetcar Named Desire, The Glass Menagerie and Long Day’s Journey Into Night; Judi Dench in Filumena, Hay Fever and The Gift of the Gorgon (all directed by Sir Peter Hall); Rufus Norris’ Festen and Cabaret; The Wizard of Oz (Palladium); Joseph (Adelphi and New London); Evita (Dominion); and the Windrush musical The Big Life (Lyric Theatre). Broadway highlights include: Dancing At Lughnasa, Medea, Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, Wilde’s An Ideal Husband, Théâtre de Complicite’s The Chairs (multiple Tony Awards). Blood Brothers, which he also directed, ran for three years on Broadway (Music Box) and 24 years in the West End (Phoenix).


Director: Sean Mathias; Set Designer: Lee Newby; Costume Designer: Loren Elstein; Lighting Designer: Zoe Spurr; Composer and Sound Designer: Adam Cork.