Innovative take on a Shakespeare classic Hamlet (COMPETITION)
WHEN you've starred in one of the most high-profile TV events of recent years, Hamlet must seem a bit of a breeze.
But Shakespeare's tragedy is next for actress Becky Hindley.
She played loopy Charlotte Hoyle in the ITV soap, a role which saw her take part in the 50th anniversary celebrations last year.
As an ally and blackmailer of Fiz's husband John following their involvement in a colleague's death, Charlotte was at the forefront of the programme.
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After attacking Charlotte with a hammer, John apparently killed her but Corrie's live episode contained the surprise revelation that she still had a weak pulse.
John turned off her life support machine a few days later.
"It was just a brilliant time to be involved," says Becky.
"That woman was a fantastic character – she was a bit of a bunny boiler. The cast and crew were amazing and did such a brilliant job. They had the whole nation gripped."
She last appeared in the 2008 premiere of Flamingoland.
But this time she takes on the part of Gertrude, Hamlet's mother and the Queen of Denmark.
True to his innovative form, Newcastle-based director Conrad Nelson has relocated the action to 1949.
"It's set after the two world wars," explains Becky. "I suppose it's a time of change and a time where the new began to take over.
"We've got quite a young Hamlet (Nicholas Shaw) which is great because he brings a real youthfulness and energy."
Although the run at the New Vic finishes on Saturday, March 19, Becky and the rest of the cast will continue with the production for a short tour until May.
"I've never done Hamlet before and this is only the second time I've done Shakespeare professionally," Becky continues. "It's rather nice to have the opportunity to do so again.
"I've mainly done contemporary pieces so it's a delight to get the old grey cells going again.
"Although the way that Conrad is directing it, and very much the way Northern Broadsides works, is to tell the story and make it extremely clear."
The play's creative team includes puppeteer Lee Threadgold, who will be employing the traditions of Japanese Bunraku puppet theatre to conjure up Hamlet's ghosts, and in-the-round expert, New Vic design Lis Evans.
"If you're honest, people can be put off by Hamlet and there's perhaps a perception that it's a heavy going Shakespearian play", says Becky. "But this production is going to move quite quickly.
"I think Conrad does a brilliant job of making Shakespeare accessible. It's exciting, it's fast.
"There is a lot of emotion. There is a real life force behind it."
Hamlet runs at the New Vic from Friday, February 25 – Saturday, March 19 before embarking on a nationwide tour until Saturday, May 28.
Tickets which cost £9.50–£18.50 (concessions available), can be booked by calling the New Vic's Box Office on 01782 717962.