2017 - Hamlet


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Dates & Location

Monday 19th June - Saturday 24th June 2017
Evenings at 7.30pm - Saturday matinee at 2pm

Royden Park, Frankby, Wirral


Tickets are on sale from the Floral Pavilion, New Brighton

Day Stands A & C Stands A & C Stand B
Monday, Tuesday £12.00 £14.00 £16.00
Wednesday, Thursday £16.00 £18.00 £20.00
Friday, Saturday Evening £18.00 £20.00 £22.00
Saturday Matinee £10.00 £12.00 £14.00


Each ticket is subject to a £1.50 booking fee


Monday and Tuesday Special Offer
Book an Adult and an Under 16 ticket in certain seats in Stands A or C and save £5.00.
( the Floral website will indicate which seats are in the offer )


VIP Package available in Stand B - for just an additional £20 per ticket
( the Floral website will indicate which seats have been reserved for the offer )

These must be pre-booked and will not be available on the door.

" With the best seats in the house, a complimentary programme, indulge in Cava and canapés
in our VIP tent served by waitresses and waiters before the production and during the interval;
Or simply treat your family to an outing they’ll never forget.
Whatever the occasion, our VIP Experiences will make you feel centre-stage"

The plot

A ghostly visitor with a shocking secret. A daughter devastated by loss. A world turned upside down by betrayal, mistrust and calculated madness. A performance, and one man’s relentless pursuit of the truth. Rulers, servants and a dysfunctional Danish family. Friendships, rivalries and traps. False loyalties and ill-fated love. A deadly duel, revenge – and murder.

Hillbark Players return in 2017 with a boldly atmospheric and compelling production of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedy. Grand in scope and rich in language, and including a surprising streak of humour, this iconic play is the original – and undoubtedly the best – Scandinavian drama, and includes one of the most famous questions of all time.

As well as being a unique part of Wirral’s cultural heritage, Hillbark Players have become the longest-established open-air Shakespeare company in the North West. Beneath midsummer skies in the magical setting of Royden Park, come and join us for an unforgettable evening of classic Shakespearian entertainment!

“A great night out, where Shakespeare’s work remains as it was for the original audience - a living event”.


The Cast  
Hamlet Adam Stubbs
Claudius Charles Riley
Gertrude Pauline Garland
Laertes Theo Spofforth
Polonia Caroline Kay
Ophelia Fiona Williams
Horatio Stuart Rathe
Ghost of Hamlet's father Mike Ellis
The Player King Keith Hill
The Player Queen Carys Cooper
Rosencrantz James Dorman
Guildernstern Charlotte Cumming
First Gravedigger Andy Jordan
Second Gravedigger Geraldine M Judge
Fortinbras Daniel Short
Marcellus Simon Garland
Fransisco / Priest David Caldwell
Voltemand Martin Riley
First Player Danile Short
Second Player Gemma Davidson
Osric Adrian Davies
English Ambassador James Kay
Cornelius David bolitho
Messenger Jack Hirons
Norweigan Captain Adrian Davies
Bernardo Andy Jordan
Reynaldo Jack Hirons

Alex Breathnach
Karen Cumming
Sally Lynam



The production team




                                                Nick Sample

Assistanrt Directors Ruth Stenhouse
Director's Assisitant Ann Warr
Original music composed by  
Scenic Design Nigel Cooper, Gareth Cooper
Chief Electrician Simon Ollman
Lighting Design & Operation Nigel Cooper
Sound Design & Operation Peter Elliott
Costume Design Paula Cain
Costumes produced by Chester Costume House
Wardrobe Mistresses Jill Breckon,   Nessa Garland
Stage Manager Gareth Cooper
Assisited by Ben Howarth, Ben McConaghy, Ruth Stenhouse,  Ian Tyrer
Props Requisitioning  
Sound And Lighting Crew  
Scenic Construction Richard Smith, Steve Drewe, Steven Thomas Drewe, Ben Howarth,
Nigel Cooper,
  Gareth Cooper
Box Office Manager Ann Warr
Assisted by  
Front of House Manager  
Assisted by  
Press, Publicity and Promotion Ruth Stenhouse, Nick Sample, Gareth Cooper
Publicity and Programme Design Nick Sample
Audition Panel , Nick Sample,   Ruth Stenhouse, David Oliver




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Promotional leaflet

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Press articles




Floral Pavilion brochure advert





Reviews and emails






Audition poster





                                          We turn this area of Royden Park into our 'Theatre in the Woods'


            Hillbark Players arena - from the air for our 2015 production                                    

The Committee  
President Mike Ellis
Chairman Nigel Cooper
Secretary Caroline Kay
Treasurer Gareth Cooper
Business Manager Adrian Davies
Committee members