Young St Albans actor living the dream in Hamlet promotion

Local St Albans actor Ivan Raath, seen dressed as a skeleton in promotional material for Hamlet, sta

Local St Albans actor Ivan Raath, seen dressed as a skeleton in promotional material for Hamlet, starring Benedict Cumberbatch. - Credit: Image supplied

A young actor is appearing in one of two official images promoting a new production of Hamlet in London, which has Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role.

While the artwork does not feature the Sherlock star, it does show a group of children dressed up as characters from the play, in a grey and gloomy room.

Among them is curly-haired nine-year-old Ivan Raath, pictured dressed as a skeleton.

The Barbican’s allocation of tickets for Hamlet, which runs for 12 weeks next summer, is sold out.

Ivan is part of the Living the Dream School of Performing Arts.


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He was selected to be part of Living the Dream’s new talent agency, which provides a platform for young talent in television, film and West End shows.

Zoe Jackson, who set up the arts company at the age of 16 in 2006, said: “We are very proud of Ivan’s casting in this prestigious photoshoot. We look forward to championing young talent in more opportunities to come.”

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