Dressed in a fencing outfit, Ian McKellen holds up his hand, gesturing to somebody off camera.

About Hamlet

Two-time Academy Award nominee Ian McKellen stars in this thrilling and uniquely modern take on The Bard’s classic tragedy. 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 cinematic take, the film utilises nearly every room of the Theatre Royal Windsor to transform it into the immortal Elsinore Castle, from basement dungeon to rooftop 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, Frances Barber, Jonathan Hyde and BAFTA winner Francesca Annis, bringing their iconic roles to life in this compelling new film adaptation.

The screening will be followed by a recorded Q&A with Ian McKellen and Sean Mathias.

Booking info

Duration includes trailers, adverts and any Q&A/panel. For events such as NT Live, Colour Box and Reel & Meal there will be minimal advertising. We do not admit latecomers after the main feature has started and we have a limited food & drink policy. MAC’s cinema programme has been generously supported by BFI Film Audience Network and Film Hub Midlands.

Dates and times