Small numbers of tickets may be returned or released for advance sale online. Check back here or visit hamlet-barbican.com for more details. There are also 30 £10 tickets available as day-seats for sale each day in person. Up to two tickets per person, sold at the advance ticket desk from 10.30am; the Barbican Centre will open from 9am. Returned and late-release tickets may occasionally become available at the last minute on the day of the performance. Information about these will be available on the website in due course.
*£3 booking fee per online transaction, £4 by phone. No fee when tickets are booked in person.
Benedict Cumberbatch takes on the title role in Shakespeare’s great tragedy. Directed by Lyndsey Turner (Posh, Chimerica) and produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, the Barbican presents an exclusive twelve-week run of this compelling new production in summer 2015.
As a country arms itself for war, a family tears itself apart. Forced to avenge his father’s death but paralysed by the task ahead, Hamlet rages against the impossibility of his predicament, threatening both his sanity and the security of the state.
Produced by Sonia Friedman Productions Presented by the Barbican
Mon–Sat 7.15pm (except Tue 25 Aug, 7pm start) Matinee performances 1.30pm every Sat from 15 Aug
Approx 3 hours/including one 20-min interval. As the design is yet to be finalised sightlines cannot be confirmed at this time.
Important terms and conditions
Please view our standard conditions of sales to find out about our returns and exchanges policy.
There are additional terms and conditions for this production of Hamlet:
As we want to ensure fair access to the performances, we have taken measures to help ensure that tickets are not available on resale websites and that you do not pay an inflated price for tickets.
Ticket purchases will be limited to a maximum of six per person across all performances.
The name of the lead booker will be printed on each ticket and photo ID of the lead booker will be required to gain admission.
Bookers are required to keep with them at all times their ID and credit/debit card used to make the booking as these may be required for re-entry or requested at any point by our front of house teams.
Failure to adhere to our Terms and Conditions of sale may result in tickets not being valid for entry.
Please see our FAQs below for more information.
How do I book my Hamlet tickets? The best way to book is online by credit or debit card at http://hamlet.barbican.org.uk We accept Mastercard, Visa and American Express.
Can I book by phone or in person? You can also book by phone on 020 7638 8891 (Mon—Sat 10am—8pm, Sun 11am—8pm). Phone lines will be extremely busy so you may need to wait some time in order to be transferred to the next available advisor.
You can also book in person at the Barbican Centre Advance Box Office (Silk Street, Mon—Sat 10am—9pm, Sun and bank holidays 12 noon—9pm). Please remember to bring an original version of name and address ID if you are booking in person unless you already hold a customer profile with us. As with all other booking channels, your physical tickets will be dispatched approximately three to four weeks before the performance.
Will a photocopy of my ID be accepted? Only original ID documents are acceptable.
When will I receive my tickets? However you book your tickets for Hamlet, they will not be posted out to you until approximately three to four weeks before the performance.
What if my address changes before my tickets are despatched? You can change your address online by visiting barbican.org.uk and logging in to your membership or customer profile. Alternatively you can contact our ticket sales team on +44 (0) 20 7638 8891
Collecting tickets For those collecting tickets, the theatre ticket desk is situated on Level -1 of the Barbican Centre. You will be able to collect your tickets for Hamlet from 90 minutes before the performance on production of your ID, the credit/debit card used to make your booking and your booking confirmation.
I have chosen to collect my tickets on the performance day. What if the card that I used to book expires before then? If your card account number has not changed your new card can be presented (along with your ID and ticket confirmation) when you collect your tickets.
If your card number has changed please keep hold of your old card as this will need to be presented when you collect your tickets.
If you no longer have your old card please bring along a statement showing the old card account number.
Can I give my tickets to someone else? Anyone can attend the performance with you. Please see our terms and conditions relating to the lead booker ID and attendance requirements. We realise things can get complicated and circumstances can change or that tickets can be bought as a gift. If you need to inform the Box Office of a name change on a ticket, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
How can I check availability? The best way to check availability is online. Our box office team has access to the exact same tickets as online. We are unable to answer availability enquiries by email.
If performances are ‘sold out’, what can I do? If a performance is showing as 'sold out', it means the Barbican has now sold all its allocation of tickets.
From time to time, small numbers of tickets may be returned for advance sale online.
Returned tickets may occasionally become available at the last minute on the day of the performance. Information about these will be available on the website in due course.
Tickets may also be available through http://hamlet-barbican.com
How do I enter the ballot for £10 tickets? The Sky Arts £10 ticket ballot is now closed.
I wasn’t successful in the ballot for £10 tickets – can I still get a Hamlet ticket? From time to time, small numbers of tickets may be returned or released for advance sale online. Check back here or visit hamlet-barbican.com for more details. Returned tickets may occasionally become available at the last minute on the day of the performance. Information about these will be available on the website in due course.
Thirty £10 day seats will also be available for each performance. Up to two day tickets per person, sold from the advance ticket desk from 10.30am, the Barbican Centre will open from 9am. There may also be returned or late release tickets available on the day of the performance.
Are you aware of tickets being sold on other websites at highly inflated prices? We are looking forward to seeing you at the Barbican in 2015 and promise you a warm and friendly welcome. Sometimes we do have to get a bit firm, so here comes the stern bit.
To ensure fair access to tickets the Barbican have taken measures to help ensure that tickets are not resold on ticket resale websites and that you do not pay an inflated price for tickets.
We are continually monitoring the secondary market and will do so up to and including the performance date. Any tickets being offered for sale will be addressed.
We are currently carrying out rigorous post sale security, terms and conditions and verification checks. Any tickets found to have been purchased in breach of our terms and conditions will be declared void, cancelled and will not be valid for admission. Ticketholders will be contacted where necessary.
Only tickets sold through the Barbican and the production ticketing partners ATG, Encore (and their affiliates including Time Out and Telegraph box office) are valid for entry. We are also working with these ticketing partners to ensure ticket limits have not been exceeded.
We will be enforcing all conditions relating to ticket limits, ID and payment card requirements and the need to retain ID and cards at all times during the performance. We are also fully aware that some secondary market websites advise customers that they provide 'walkers' to circumvent the ID checks by meeting outside the venue and accompanying them. Security procedures will be in place on the day to deter people circumventing these checks.
You can also help us by reporting any incidents of secondary market activity to email@example.com
Will there be a screening of Hamlet in cinemas? Although cinema tickets for the live broadcast of Hamlet on 15 October are sold out at the Barbican, you can watch encore screenings of the performance in Cinemas 1 and 3 on 20 and 27 Oct respectively.
What if I have any other questions? The best and quickest way to get the answer to any question is via our box office team, who will be happy to assist. They can be reached on +44 (0) 20 7638 8891 (10am-8pm UK time Mon-Sat and 11am-8pm Sun) or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Schools and Access
School Groups In addition to regular performances, there will be four education matinees scheduled exclusively for schools and university groups (aged 14+, full-time education only) on 10 & 30 Sep, 7 & 21 Oct, all 1.30pm. There are 300 x £25 tickets available for each performance, with the remainder at £35.
Tickets are now on sale via the Barbican box office phone line only (not online or in person): 020 7638 8891
Students Individual student tickets at £35* each are now available for the four education matinees on 10 & 30 Sep, 7 & 21 Oct, all at 1.30pm. Tickets are now on sale via the Barbican box office phone line only (not online or in person): 020 7638 8891. A valid student ID must be shown when collecting tickets.
Access The Main entrance at Silk Street is ramped and lifts give access to all levels. All our venues have seating for wheelchair users - please inform us of any access requirements on booking. There are three wheelchairs for visitors' use, subject to availability; these can be pre-booked by calling the Box Office on 020 7638 8891.
A radio network system is provided in the Theatre - visitors with hearing impairments may benefit from this facility. Headsets can be collected from Theatre Stalls Right prior to performance.
Assistance dogs may be taken into the auditoria or left with a member of staff. Adapted WCs are provided on Levels -2, -1, G, 1, 2, 3 & 4.
For further details please download a copy of the Barbican Centre Access Guide.
For customers who require an captioned or audio-described performance these are scheduled for: Sat 3 Oct 1.30pm, Captioned performance Sat 17 Oct 1.30pm, Audio-described performance with touch tour at 12.15pm These can be booked by calling the Box Office on 020 7638 8891