O, that this too too solid flesh would melt, Thaw, and resolve itself into a dew; Or that the Everlasting had not fixed His canon ’gainst self-slaughter. O God, God, How weary, stale, flat and unprofitable Seem to me all the uses of this world! Fie on’t, ah fie, ’tis an unweeded garden That grows to seed; things rank and gross in nature Possess it merely. That it should come to this! But two months dead – nay, not so much, not two – So excellent a king, that was to this Hyperion to a satyr, so loving to my mother That he might not beteem the winds of heaven Visit her face too roughly. Heaven and earth, Must I remember? Following his celebrated performances at the National in Burnt by the Sun , The Revenger's Tragedy , Philistines and The Man of Mode , Rory Kinnear plays Hamlet. He is joined by Clare Higgins (Gertrude), Patrick Malahide (Claudius), David Calder (Polonius), James Laurenson (Ghost/Player King) and Ruth Negga (Ophelia).
The Olivier - named after Laurence Olivier, the first director of the
National Theatre (during its years at the Old Vic), and the outstanding British
actor of the century - is the largest of the three theatres at the National.
Sited above the entrance foyer and over the workshops and main rehearsal rooms,
it can accommodate 1150 people in its fan-shaped auditorium, and 2000 years of
drama on its open stage.
Two main tiers of steeply raked seats - flanked by side-banks on a higher level
- sweep down to the stage. In spite of its size, the Olivier has a concentrated
intimacy. No seat is far from an actor's point of command; and the span of the
seats matches their effective span of vision. They can hold the audience within
the compass of their eyes.
The National Theatre of Great Britain on the South Bank in the London Borough
of Lambeth, England is immediately east of the southern end of Waterloo Bridge.
The National Theatre's building was designed by architect Sir Denys Lasdun and
its theatres opened individually between 1976 and 1977. In the years from 1963,
before the company's permanent home on the South Bank was completed, the
National Theatre Company was based at the Old Vic theatre in Waterloo.
Since 1988, the Theatre has been permitted to call itself the Royal National
Theatre, but the full title is rarely used. The theatre presents a varied
programme, including Shakespeare and other International classic drama; and new
plays by contemporary playwrights. Each auditorium in the theatre can run up to
three shows in repertoire or repertory, thus further widening the number of
plays which can be put on during any one season.