The Garden Suburb Theatre (GST) is a friendly and welcoming amateur theatre company.

We are a registered charity promoting involvement in the Dramatic Arts in North London. We welcome anyone who wishes to learn more about drama, either by participating in or coming to watch one of our diverse programme of shows.


By William Shakespeare

Directed by Nick Hastings


Performance Dates:

  • Thursday 5th July, 7:30pm
  • Friday 6th July, 7:30pm
  • Saturday 7th July, 7:30pm
  • Sunday 8th July, 3pm
  • Wednesday 11th July, 7:30pm
  • Thursday 12th July, 7:30pm
  • Friday 13th July, 7:30pm
  • Saturday 14th July, 7:30pm

Little Oak Wood, Addison Way, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, NW11 6QS

By popular demand, this acclaimed production has transferred from the Little Oak Wood open-air theatre to an indoor run at the Bridewell Theatre.

Something is rotten in the state of Denmark...

Lawrence Olivier described Hamlet as 'a play about a man who cannot make up his mind'. But it is also about the terrible consequences of that indecision. It is about human frailty and fragility, but also the lure of power, greed, loyalty and lust that can grip us all. Shakespeare's genius is his ability to explore the extremes of human emotion and the futility of attempting to master them.

Old Hamlet is dead, slain against Nature's will by Claudius in pursuit of title and power. It is left to Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, to avenge his father's 'most unnatural murder'. Nature sends many catalysts for encouragement - a ghost of the dead king, a band of players to incriminate his killer and the drowning of Ophelia, whom Hamlet claims to love. None prompt him to action. As Hamlet's mind goes to sea and to seed, so does everything and everyone rot around him, with catastrophic consequences.

The stunning and unique open-air setting of Little Oak Wood will provide a poignant and immediate setting for the show.

Follow the rehearsals with notes from director and actors on the Hamlet 2012 blog

See here for review by London Blogspot

"Skilfully cut and clearly enunciated, the plot is clear enough for those who think they don't understand Shakespeare to follow. However, it is filled with enough interesting ideas and sheer good acting to entertain those who have seen the national companies and our greatest actors give their version"

"Just been to see the production and may I say how FANTASTIC it is. Really, really, good, excellent performances and a great production by all. Rain didn't put us off at all and so pleased to see the lucky red admiral butterfly is back and still watching the shows from the second row! Well done to everyone, you should be very proud and I hope you get the audiences you deserve. Thank you all very much for a great afternoon's entertainment "

"At two-and-a-half hours, this is a well-crafted, thoughtful and engaging production of a complex and disturbing play. The eternal themes of power and revenge, betrayal and loyalty, sanity and madness are explored and examined with verve and genuine understanding, thus achieving what only the best productions can - taking the specific and making them universal"

"Saw the show tonight and it was amazing. You should all feel extremely proud of yourselves - every performance was confident and sustained, the relationships between the characters were incredibly clear and obviously carefully thought out. Lots of exciting and clever staging and effects, and you made us in the audience feel clever because we understood it all so well. Anyone out there who is put off coming because (like me) you think 'Shakespeare is difficult' please don't worry - with this cast and crew you're in safe hands"


  • Hamlet: Steven Maddocks
  • Horatio: Edward Smith
  • Claudius: Jon Musker
  • Gertrude: Miriam Hoenig
  • Polonius: Ian Grant
  • Laertes: Shane Sweeney
  • Ophelia: Emma Sullivan
  • Rosencrantz: Debbie Lane
  • Guildenstern: John Colmans
  • Ghost/Player King: Adam Sutcliffe
  • Ghosts/Players: Laura Sanchis
  • Frank Turnbull
  • Tim Solomons
  • Judith Lord
  • Gravedigger: Tim Solomons
  • Francisco/Priest: Judith Lord
  • Marcellus/Attendant: Anna-Louise Leonard
  • Bernardo/Messenger: Geoff Prutton



Box Office: 020 7723 6609

Tickets: 9 (Concessions 7)

Running time will be 2.5 hours including interval.