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Hamlet going for the giggles

HAMLET will be appearing at the Solihull Arts Complex but there will be no sign of the tragic protagonist we all know so well.

HAMLET will be appearing at the Solihull Arts Complex but there will be no sign of the tragic protagonist we all know so well.

For unlike Shakespeare's much-loved tale, this version of Hamlet is set to have audiences rocking with laughter from beginning to end.

Three comedians will take to the stage for the fittingly named Ha Ha Hamlet.

They will be armed with a suitcase filled with props - to act out a comedic version of the story, which has been described as a cross between Mr Bean and James Bond.

Writer Ben Langley, a highlypraised Covent Garden street performer and comedian, tasked himself with producing the show that has taken Edinburgh's Comedy Festival by storm.

He said: "It was an idea originally suggested to be performed in Kensington's Oval House Theatre last year. Thankfully it proved successful and I've since signed a five year deal to produce Ha Ha shows."

Ben has also penned Ha Ha Homicide, a comedy murder mystery that also proved to be a sell-out success too.

For his rendition of Hamlet, Ben teamed up with fellow street artists Andrew Fettes and Mike Raffone

"Luckily they are two of the funniest people I know and my best friends!" he said.

Already, the UK tour - which saw the trio on a 27-day stint in Edinburgh, has received mixed reviews but Ben remain upbeat about audiences' reactions.

"We've had great responses from audiences, some of whom left messages on our dedicated Facebook page."

Solihull Arts Complex will be the 25th and last venue for the touring artists but according to Ben, the group were looking forward to coming to the borough and had plenty of surprises in store for audiences.

He said: "The show is different every night with lots of chances for us to improve and go off on a different angle."

Ha Ha Hamlet will be performed at Solihull Arts Complex on October 28, tickets cost £13 (£12 concessions). For further details call the box office on 0121 704 6962.

 

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