Role: Hamlet (ハムレット) 

Director: Yukio Ninagawa
Writer: William Shakespeare

Performance Details

22 January - 15 February 2015Saitama Arts Theater, Japan
20 February - 01 March 2015Umeda Arts Theater, Japan
26 - 29 March 2015National Theater and Concert Hall, Taipei, Taiwan
21 - 24 May 2015Barbican Theatre, London


Hamlet is a tragedy and revenge play by William Shakespeare. It is one of his best-known works, and also one of the most-quoted writings in the English language.

Hamlet, son of the king of Denmark, is summoned home for his father's funeral and his mother's wedding to his uncle. In a supernatural episode, he discovers that his uncle, whom he hates anyway, murdered his father. In an incredibly convoluted plot - the most complicated and most interesting in all literature - he manages to (impossible to put this in exact order) feign (or perhaps not to feign) madness, murder the "prime minister," love and then unlove an innocent whom he drives to madness, plot and then unplot against the uncle, direct a play within a play, successfully conspire against the lives of two well-meaning friends, and finally take his revenge on the uncle, but only at the cost of almost every life on stage, including his own and his mother's...



At only 21 (in 2003), Tatsuya was the youngest ever performer to play Hamlet in Japanese history. In this 2015 revival, Tatsuya reprises his role as the lead (at the age of 32/33).

Related Links