Play review: HamnetHamnet, by CentreDeadRoomPurcell, Southbank Centre, London, 27 May 2018

  • Alan F Hickman
  • Cahiers √Člisab√©thains A Journal of English Renaissance Studies, October 2018, SAGE Publications
  • DOI: 10.1177/0184767818794621f

Review of Hamnet, by Dead Centre, Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, 27 May 2018

What is it about?

Hamnet is a one-hour play about the ill-fated son of William Shakespeare. The play explores the boy's relation to and influence on his father.

Why is it important?

The play, although purely speculative, looks at Shakespeare's life and work from the perspective of a child, in this case his son Hamnet, twin to Judith, who died at age 11.


Associate Profess of English Alan Hickman
American University in Dubai

I found this to be a fascinating exploration of a little-known aspect of Shakespeare's life.

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