The Rehearsal, Playing The Dane

There’s something strange in the neighbourhood of contemporary Denmark. Who are you going to call? That is the question.

In Pan Pan’s purgatorial presentation of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy, you the audience are faced with a choice: who is going to be, or not to be, Hamlet? Actors compete to play the title role but as we enter the graveyard world of this icon of individualism can anyone escape playing the Dane? Aren’t we all the main part?

Highly innovative and visually breathtaking, this is an audacious and irreverent riff on Hamlet that does not so much update or deconstruct the play as explode it.

Directed by Gavin Quinn
Designed by Aedín Cosgrove
Costumes and props designed by Sarah Bacon
Dramaturg: Simon Doyle
Produced by Aoife White and Andrew McLellan

Original Cast: Garret Lombard, Conor Madden, Derrick Devine, Judith Roddy, Andrew Bennet, Olwen Fouéré, Daniel Reardon and the great dane, Toby.

Tour 2012 Cast: Bush Moukarzel, Andrew Bennett, Derrick Devine, Gina Moxley, Conor Madden, Daniel Reardon and Judith Roddy.

Tour 2017/2018
Cast: Andrew Bennett, Conor Madden, Anthony Morris, Gina Moxley, Daniel Reardon, Anna Sheils McNamee, Fionn Walton
Dublin Youth Theatre Aoife Connolly-O’Sullivan, Melia McEvoy, Rhys Travers-Coleman, Lee Stafford, David Kearney, Eoin Fullston, Tristan Spellman Molphy, Charlotte Murphy and Penny Morris

“Magnificently stimulating and thought-provoking theatre in an equally devastating setting. Not to be missed.”
Emer O’Kelly, Sunday Independent

“A serious, searching work… affecting, provocative and stimulating”
Colin Murphy, Irish Independent

“Absorbing, sometimes mind-blowing… staging the audition process is ingenious.”
Peter Crawley, Irish Theatre Magazine.

Awards: Best Production and Best Set Design, Irish Times Theatre Awards 2010


  • Abbey Theatre, Dublin
    23-26 May 2018
  • Wuzhen Theatre Festival
  • New Zealand International Arts Centre
  • Black Box Theatre, Galway, Ireland
  • Everyman Palace Theatre, Cork, Ireland
  • Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, New York University, USA
  • Wexner Center, The Ohio State University, Columbus, USA
  • Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire, Ireland
  • Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise, Ireland
  • The Melbourne Festival, Arts Projects Australia, Malthouse Theatre, Australia
  • Ulster Bank Dublin Theatre Festival, Ireland
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