Sebastian Baczkiewicz

Elsinore: The Complete Series 1 and 2
  • Elsinore: The Complete Series 1 and 2

  • Hamlet. Claudius. The Beginning. The Truth.

    How did Claudius become the man he is in Shakespeare's Hamlet? What were the real reasons behind the murder of his brother? How does he really feel about his nephew? These questions will be answered in this drama spiced with ghosts, pirates, magic and political skulduggery.

    Set in an alternative Europe in the 1930-50s, Elsinore is a prequel to Shakespeare's Hamlet. This compelling drama imagines the turbulence of the Danish court in a world where Denmark is a powerful, militarised country with a small empire around the Baltic that it is fighting hard to maintain. There is more than a hint of totalitarianism in the air.

    In this uneasy setting, Elsinore delves into the troubled, not to say murderous relationship between King Hamlet and his brother, Claudius: one of the most interesting characters in the Shakespearean canon. Realism meets with moments of otherworldliness as the story unravels, taking in pirates and magic, rebellion and betrayal.

    A dark, exciting drama that touches on the events and people in Shakespeare's play and brings us to the moment where Hamlet begins.

    From the extraordinary imagination of Sebastian Baczkiewicz, writer of the successful Pilgrim series.
    Directed by Marc Beeby and Sasha Yevtushenko.

    Claudius - John Light
    Hamlet - John Heffernan
    Dauphin - Ed Gaughan
    Captain True - Chetna Pandya
    Polonius - Clive Hayward
    Gertrude - Lyndsey Marshal
    Anders/Dr Swiss/Schroeder - Neil McCaul
    Olsson - Rupert Holliday-Evans
    Yorick/Guard/Defence/Captain - Tayla Kovacevic-Ebong
    Katya - Isabella Inchbald
    Beatrix - Abbie Andrews
    Archimedes/Prosecutor - David Reakes
    Horatio/ Schroeder/Judge - Philip Bretherton
    Laszlo/Voice/Ulrik Krabbe - Adam Fitzgerald
    Uncle - Ben Crowe
    Helena - Clare Corbett
    Helgeland - Sudha Bhuchar
    Catalina - Laura Christy
    Kabanova - Jessica Turner
    Lindstrom - Pip Torrens
    Fortinbras/Marcellus - Will Kirk
    Martin - Ikky Elyas
    Lieutenant/Horatio - Greg Jones

Sebastian Baczkiewicz is an English writer. Bacziewicz trained as an actor at The Drama Centre in London. He was the BBC's first writer in residence in 2000. [Wikipedia]

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