Ian McKellen stars in psychological thriller adaptation of Hamlet coming to UK cinemas February 2024

Kaleidoscope Entertainment have confirmed that a new adaptation of Hamlet, starring two-time Academy Award nominee and Shakespearian titan Ian McKellen, will be heading to UK Cinemas for One Night Only on 27th February. The screening will include an exclusive recorded Q&A with Ian McKellen and Director, Sean Mathias.

A tale of revenge that has stood the test of time, Shakespeare’s classic tragedy is reimagined for the modern day as a gripping psychological thriller! Transcending the confines of the stage in a uniquely modern spin, the film utilises nearly every room of the Theatre Royal Windsor to transform it into the immortal Elsinore Castle, from basement dungeon to roof-top battlement.

Ian McKellen, reprising his lead role as Hamlet, a man who descends into madness as he seeks vengeance against his uncle for the apparent murder of his father, leads a stellar cast including stage and screen legend Steven Berkoff, with further stars of the critically acclaimed, recent stage cast of ‘Hamlet’, including Frances Barber (King Lear, Chekhov’s The Seagull), Jonathan Hyde (King Lear, Titanic, Crimson Peak), Jenny Seagrove and BAFTA-winner Francesca Annis, bringing their iconic roles to life in this compelling new film adaptation.

Directed by Sean Mathias, who previously directed the film Bent, winner of the Prix de la Jeunesse at the Cannes Film Festival, the adaptation comes from production outfit BK Studios (The Critic, The Shepherd), and is produced by the late Bill Kenwright (Cheri, Broken), and executive produced by David Gilbery (The Lost Daughter) & Naomi George (My Pure Land).