In the Spring of 2018 Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble presents Shakespeare's Hamlet and Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead in 'rep' with actors playing the same role in both plays!

Prince Hamlet is having a rough time. After his father's death, he is overlooked for the crown in favour of the guy who killed his Dad and, even worse, married his Mum. Caught between cultures and philosophies, Hamlet careens between paralysis and unconsidered action. Part philosopher, part improvised explosive device, Hamlet is the anti-hero we are all afraid we might become, and secretly want to.

Inspired by Hamlet and a classic in its own right, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead sees two 'minor' characters take centre stage. Witness the comic horror as these ordinary folks vacillate between witty banter and philosophical ponderings on the point of their existence, all while being flung in and out of the orbit of the Prince of Denmark. A tale for anyone who has ever felt out of their depth and in over their head!

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  • Previews: $28 tickets, all seats
  • Hamlet Preview: Thu 23 Aug 2018, 7:30pm SOLD OUT
  • Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead Preview: Fri 24 Aug 2018, 7:30pm
  • Opening Night Gala: Sat 25 Aug 2018, 7:30pm (Mingle with the cast and crew and enjoy food and refreshments after the show)
  • Season: 26 Aug, 29 Aug - 2 Sep, 5 - 9 Sep 2018
  • Q&A: Wed Aug 31, Wed Sep 7 2018 (20 min Question and Answer session after the show)
  • Relaxed Performance: Sat 1 Sep 2018, 2:00pm Matinée (Designed to welcome those who will benefit from a more relaxed performance environment; click here for more information)
  • Saturday Matinée Performance Times: 25 Aug, 1 Sep, 8 Sep 2018, 2:00pm
  • Sunday Twilight Performance Times: 26 Aug, 2 Sep, 9 Sep 2018, 6.00pm
  • All Other Evening Performance Times: Wednesdays 6:30pm, Thursdays - Saturdays 7:30pm
  • Venue: The Amphitheatre, Roma Street Parkland
Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Week 1  
Aug 23
Aug 24
Aug 25
2pm Matinée/Opening
Aug 26
7:30pm Preview
7:30pm Preview
7:30pm Gala Opening
6pm Twilight
Week 2 Aug 29
Aug 30
Aug 31
Sep 1
2pm Relaxed Performance Matinée
Sep 2
6pm Twilight
Week 3 Sep 5
Sep 6
Sep 7
Sep 8
2pm Matinée
Sep 9
6pm Twilight


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Single Show

  • Adult: $35
  • Concession/Preview: $28 *
  • Group Discount (10+): $28
  • School Groups: $24 (please contact QSE Bookings to arrange for school group pricing)

Double Show

  • Adult: $60
  • Concession: $50 *

Click on this link to book in for our Double Show Deal (Hamlet + Rosencrantz & Guildernstern Are Dead)!

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* Concessions are for full-time students, pensioners, health care card holders, MEAA card holders, 4ZZZ subscriber card holders, and Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble 2018 (Financial) members. Concession patrons should bring their concession ID/card when collecting tickets.

Please note that online bookings close two hours before the show's start time, but tickets may still be purchased in-person at the box office (subject to availability).

QSE is an affiliate of the Companion Card program. Please e-mail our Bookings section to take advantage of the program in regard to ticketing for this show.

Cast and Crew

  • Director (Hamlet): Rob Pensalfini
  • Director (Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead): Rebecca Murphy
  • Assistant Director (Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead): Kat Dekker
  • Production Manager: Kylii Davies
  • Stage Manager (Hamlet): Josie Dodson
  • Stage Manager (Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead): Georgia Cooper
  • Costume Designer: Kaylee Gannaway
  • Lighting Designer: Steven Tibbits
  • Set Designer: James Elliott
  • Fight Choreography: Justin Palazzo-Orr
  • Sarah Doyle - Ophelia
  • Ellen Hardisty - Rosencrantz
  • Josh Lyons - Player King; Voltemand; Messenger
  • Liliana Macarone - Gertrude
  • Riley McNamara - Norwegian Captain; Bernardo; Priest; Player Lucianus
  • Frances Marrington - Polonius; Clown 2; Ambassador
  • Rebecca Murphy - Clown 1; Cornelius
  • Paige Poulier - Guildenstern
  • Dudley Powell - Horatio
  • Ben Prindable - King; Ghost
  • Nick Rijs - Laertes; Player
  • Silvan Rus - Hamlet
  • Bek Schmidt - Player Queen (Alfred); Osric; Gentleman
  • Colin Smith - First Player; Ambassador
  • Sam Valentine - Fortinbras; Marcellus; Player

Venue Details for Roma Street Parkland

The Amphitheatre, Roma Street Parkland

Click here for the official Roma Street Parkland map, or here for a Google Map to the venue.

The audience is seated onstage in the performance area, which is under cover. In the event of very heavy rain and/or high winds, the performance/seating area may become unsafe and the show may be cancelled - in this case, exchanges/refunds can be arranged at Front of House.

How To Get There

Train: The Roma Street train station is located directly beside Roma Street Parkland. All suburban trains stop here providing easy access to the Parkland by using Platform 10 exit.

Bus: Brisbane City Council buses stop at several locations near Roma Street Parkland. Visit the TransLink website for more information.

Car: There are two main road entrances:

Roma Street entrance - driving towards the City on Roma Street, past the Transit Centre and Holiday Inn, and turn left.

Wickham Terrace - Gregory Terrace - College Road intersection - driving out of the City along Wickham Terrace, take a left hand turn before the intersection lights straight into the Parkland and drive down Parkland Boulevard.

There are 200 car parks within the Roma Street Parkland grounds and a further 2,000 in close proximity. A 4-hour limit applies to bays on Parkland Boulevard from 6am-8pm.

Disability Parking: Disability parking bays are located near The Lookout, at College Close carpark, on Parkland Boulevard near Melange Café and on the lower level opposite Queensland Railway Platform 10. There are a small number of Disability Parking bays located near the Amphitheatre. No fees apply for Disability Parking at any time.