Hamlet inspires immersive theatre experience at the Malthouse

Designed to be COVID-safe for actors and audiences alike, 'Because the Night' is Malthouse Theatre's major production for 2021.

A choose-your-own theatrical adventure inspired by Hamlet, and set across more than 30 custom-built rooms, has been announced as Malthouse Theatre’s major production for 2021.

Devised by Malthouse Artistic Director and co-CEO Matthew Lutton, and Resident Artists Ra Chapman and Kamarra Bell-Wykes, Because The Night has been created as a direct response to COVID-19 in order to perform to reduced audience numbers and promote a safe theatre experience for actors and audiences.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts