A Lancaster teenager is following in the footsteps of Olivier, Branagh, Tennant and Law when he takes on one of Shakespeare’s most famous roles – Hamlet – at The Dukes this April.
But 17–year-old Lucas Button is taking it all in his stride, and since being chosen to play Hamlet in September, he has been preparing for a role which will see him performing in the round for the first time, from April 16-20.
Lucas has a wealth of theatrical experience behind him which started when he played Tiny Tim in a Dukes production of A Christmas Carol when he was 10.
“That was the spark that set off my love for performing,” said Lucas who turns 18 shortly after he plays Hamlet.
Lucas secured a National Youth Theatre placement in London last summer and will be attending East 15 drama school in Essex from the autumn.
He has appeared in The Dukes outdoor play of Peter Pan in 2010 and in many youth productions. Lucas also performed in last year’s acclaimed show The Unsociables and it’s the same team – The Dukes Young Actors &Young Company – who are behind this new production.
This will be Hamlet like you’ve never seen before. Set in 2013, it promises to be a vibrant, contemporary and captivating show with a blood-thirsty and heady mix of drama and a stunning soundtrack performed live by The Dukes Young Musicians.