Movie Screening


“Right from the beginning of this production it felt like a thrilling opportunity to explore, excavate and interrogate something with Maxine Peake, the most fearless and most courageous actor that I’ve ever worked with.” Sarah Franckom

Shakespeare’s most iconic work, Hamlet explodes with big ideas and is the ultimate story of loyalty, love, betrayal, murder and madness. From its sell-out run at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre comes a film version of this unique and critically acclaimed production of Hamlet, with BAFTA nominee Maxine Peake in the title role. This groundbreaking stage production, directed by Sarah Frankcom, was Royal Exchange’s fastest-selling show in a decade.

Hamlet is brought to cinemas by film director Margaret Williams, whose Written on Skin (Royal Opera House/BBC) won many awards including the Diapason d’Or. The film version of Hamlet is produced by Anne Beresford and Debbie Gray, the team behind Peter Grimes on Aldeburgh Beach, which Margaret also directed.

Time: 19:00, Oct 28, 2016
Venue: The Odeum, NTU Center for the Arts
Registration: Reserve your seat here

Cast: Maxine Peake
Maxine Peake (born 14 July 1974) is an English stage, radio, film and television actress, who made her name as Twinkle in Victoria Wood’s sitcom dinnerladies. She has since played Veronica in Channel 4’s Manchester-based drama series Shameless, barrister Martha Costello QC in BBC legal drama Silk and Grace Middleton in The Village. She is also an accomplished stage actress, playing Hamlet in Hamlet and had a small role in the 2014 film The Theory of Everything.

Nominated and Awarded: Miss Julie( Won– Manchester Theatre Award for Best Actress, 2012). The Village (Nominated– BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress, 2013-2014). Hancock & Joan (Nominated– BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress, 2008). The Street (Won– Broadcasting Press Guild Award for Best Actress, 2009).

Production Team
Directed for the screen: Margaret Williams
Directed for the stage: Sarah Frankcom
Hamlet: Maxine Peake
Claudius and Ghost: John Shrapnel
Gertrude: Barbara Marten
Polonia: Gillian Bevan
Horatio: Thomas Arnold
Laertes: Ashley Zhangazha
Ophelia: Katie West
Producers: Anne Beresford and Debbie Gray
Photo Credit: Jonathan Keenan
Subtitles Translator: Chai Wei HSU
Presenter: British Council Taiwan, Taiwan Shakespeare Association
Organizer: Department of Drama and Theatre at National Taiwan University, NTU Center for the Arts
Special Thanks to Taipei Arts Festival