Because the Night at Malthouse Theatre
Shakespeare's Hamlet is one of the most performed and staged plays of all time, and it's coming to the Malthouse Theatre – in a completely different, immersive retelling.
Because the Night is a new show taking place across 30 fantasy rooms in the historic Malthouse Building. There are three entrances: audiences can follow the actors as their story unfolds around the palace, or they can break away and explore hidden rooms and secrets – all as the main performances continue throughout the building.
The reimagined play is set in the 1980s, in a fictional wood-logging town called Elsinore. After the king's sudden death and a workers' uprising, the stability of the crown is threatened. It has all the classic elements of Hamlet – corruption, deceit, love and revenge – retold in a town on the cusp of the digital age, on a single night that could change its history.
Each show is limited to small numbers, with six actors performing to 60 audience members in two sessions per evening. There are two performances nightly at 6pm and 8.30pm Tuesdays to Sundays, plus a Saturday matinee performance at 1pm. All June tickets have sold out, but you're in luck – the season's been extended until September.