Hamlet is VML’s first full length production of a Shakespeare play. It was originally scheduled for January 25th – 28th 2017 but after our lead actor Ryan McDonald was injured during the second show it was rescheduled and took place on March 10th and 11th 2017 at the Brindley Theatre Studio.

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Hamlet – Ryan McDonald
Claudius – John Bazley
Gertrude – Claire Choat
Ophelia – Helen Kiely
Laertes – Michael Clarke
Polonius – Mike Bignall
Ghost – Darren Gibbons
Horatio – George Rees
Rosencrantz – Gemma Clarke (Jan 25th-27th) Kirsty Walker (March 10th and 11th)
Guildenstern – Martina Keith Stewart
Player King / Priest – Lee Norward-Green
Player Queen – Lisa Bazley
Francisco – Kim Clarke
Marcellus – Gaynor O’Grady
Bernardo/Voltemond/Cornelius – Jenna Highfield

Osric – Darren Gibbons
Clown – Reece Moss Doyle

Director – Rob Littler

Technical Supervisor  – Adam Choat


‘It was wonderful to hear Shakespeare coming from the mouths of ordinary people. I even understand the humour in Hamlet for the first time.’ Sue Lewis, Widnes

‘Have to say Hamlet was even better second time round, well done to the cast.’ Lynne Clark, Widnes

‘WOW! I am in awe of the cast of ‘Hamlet’ this evening. You did an amazing job. I was expecting great things and certainly wasn’t disappointed. Everyone was bob on but Ryan McDonald was outstanding!’ Lynn Toy, Runcorn

‘Another great show to add to the list, just shows how diverse VML is and what they are capable of’ Claire Barker, Runcorn

‘I felt I was watching David Tennant at the RSC’ John Cooper, Liverpool

‘To all the cast of Hamlet be proud of yourselves for giving such an amazing performance tonight, I can’t get over how talented you are’ – Helen Jenkinson, Norton

‘What a performance! An amazing show,’ Nathan Davies, Runcorn

‘Finally got to see Victoria Music’s wonderful production of Hamlet all the way through, and what an absolute joy it was. Such a talented and dedicated bunch. I was so proud of you all.’ Lisa Ellams, Frodsham

‘Well done to the cast and everyone involved in Hamlet, what an amazing performance really enjoyed it’ Rosa Orrett, Liverpool