The Strand Theatre, 345 Main St.. continues to bring world-class theater from the London stage to its big screen live in HD. A fresh take on the classic “Hamlet” will be broadcast live from the National Theatre in London Thursday, Dec. 9 at 2 p.m. It will be re-screened at 7 p.m.

Nicholas Hytner directs Rory Kinnear (“Burnt by the Sun,” “The Revenger’s Tragedy,” “Philistines” and “The Man of Mode”) in the title role. Other familiar faces on stage onstage will include Ruth Negga (“Phèdre”) as Ophelia and Clare Higgins (“All’s Well That Ends Well”) as Gertrude, uniting a brilliant cast of some of the National’s finest actors.

This compelling depiction brings the Shakespearean classic into the present day, using a modern setting and hip costumes to illuminate the timelessness of this thematically complex play. Hamlet, the prince of Denmark, sees his father’s ghost. Tormented with loathing and consumed by grief, he must avenge his father’s murder. What he cannot foresee is the destruction that will ensue.

Tickets, on sale now, are $23, $15 for those younger than 19; call the box office regarding school group rates. For more information, visit or call 594-0070.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to