Arts Council tour of theatreless towns in North-East England (first three weeks) and then six weeks (starting on 21st February) in Wales. Preview performance at the Chepstow Theatre Club in London’s Notting Hill.

“Since the Arts Council initiated these tours in 1947 in association with the Miners’ Welfare Commission, the mining families have delighted in Shakespeare, Shaw, Moliere, Sheridan and other great dramatists. They delighted in HAMLET [at Spennymoor Town Hall] last night and gave it a fine send off for a tour which, during the next three weeks, will take it to 11 small towns in South Durham, the North Riding and Northumberland.” – ‘HAMLET delights an audience of miners’, Yorkshire Post 2nd February 1955, page 1

Cast & Crew


Francisco / Prologue / 2nd Gravedigger / Attendant
Lady attendant on the Queen
Lady attendant on the Queen
Laertes / Guildenstern
Player King / 1st Gravedigger / Ghost / Fortinbras
Player Queen / Sailor
Polonius / Osric
Priest / Marcellus


Fights arranged by
Music composed by
Settings designed by
Stage Director
Stage Manager
Technical Manager
Wardrobe Mistress
Additional Costumes executed by
Assistant Stage Manager
Assistant Stage Manager
Assistant Stage Manager
Assistant Stage Manager
Assistant Stage Manager
Assistant Stage Manager
Costume Supervisor / Masks and Jewellery executed by
Manager (Arts Council)
Manager (Elizabethan Co)
Scenery built and painted by


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