Maxine Peake’s performance as Hamlet at the Royal Exchange is to make its debut on the large screen next month.

The stage production of the play has been directed for the big screen by Margaret Williams after being shot over the last three nights of the sell-out run, last Autumn.

It is the first time that the Royal Exchange has broadcast a show.

Produced by Anne Beresford and Debbie Gray, this is the team along with Williams, behind a number of projects including the much-praised film version of Britten’s opera Peter Grimes on Aldeburgh Beach.

Margaret Williams is one of the leading directors in the field of stage-to screen and her film version of Written on Skin recently won the Gramophone Contemporary Award and the Diapason d’or.

Producer Debbie Gray has had a major success in 2014 with the feature film Northern Soul which reached no 10 in the UK box office chart and no 1 in the DVD chart.

Distributed by Picturehouse Entertainment, it will be showing in 300 UK cinemas from 23 March 2015.


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