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Madeleine Mantock stars in the leading role in London’s West End stage Royal Shakespeare Company adaptation of Maggie O’Farrell’s best-selling 2020 novel HAMNET, having opened at The Garrick on the 30 September 2023. Madeleine makes her RSC debut as the world-renowned playwright’s wife ‘Agnes Hathaway’ in the story that puts ‘Shakespeare’s wife in the spotlight at last’ (New York Times). Adapted by award-winning playwright Lolita Chakrabati (Life of Pi) this re-telling centres on the untimely death of their only son and reimagines the toll that that death would have on their family and how that may have gone on to inspire one of the greatest plays of all time, Hamlet.

Recently enjoying a sold-out run in Shakespeare’s home town of Stratford-Upon-Avon, following the world premiere press night, Madeleine was cited as ‘outstanding’ (The Times), exuding ‘a compelling composure and air of otherworldliness as the seer-like Agnes’ and ‘with a serene and stoical grace’ (The New York Times).

Here Madeleine explains what drew her to the role and gives an insight into her beauty secrets.

What initially drew you to play Agnes Hathaway?
I knew how much of a challenge it would be to try to live that story eight times a week and wanted to see if I had it in me.

What is the biggest difference between HAMNET the play and the novel by Maggie O’Farrell?
Lolita Chakrabarti’s adaption is told in a more linear timeline than Maggie’s novel. But we’ve kept the essence of the story and if you’re a fan of the novel you’ll definitely see, on stage, the characters you discovered on the page.

Did it feel special to start your Hamnet journey in Stratford-Upon-Avon, Agnes’ hometown?
It did. Stratford seemed like a real shrine to William Shakespeare and so it felt exciting to be shining a light on the rest of his family in their hometown.

How do you relate to Agnes?
One thing I love about playing Agnes is that the story spans such a huge chunk of her life. We see her struggling to blossom as a young woman, falling in love, marriage, motherhood, grief and freedom. There’s something for everyone to relate to.
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veryone knows the story of Hamlet. But few know the inspiration. Shakespeare had three children with his wife Anne Hathaway. The eldest, a girl named Susanna. The later two, twins, named Judith and Hamnet. In the summer of 1596, Hamnet died tragically at the age of eleven. In a fever of grief, four years later, Shakespeare bore the words of Hamlet. He flipped the script and told the story of a son haunted by the death of his father, all the while he was the father haunted by the death of his son. Maggie O’Farrell fills in the blanks of that real story with her award-winning novel Hamnet.

Now that story can be lived through thanks to the adaptation by Lolita Chakrabarti, the woman who most recently wrote the stage script for Life of Pi. It’s being transferred to the West End after just four months in Stratford: Hamnet is a hit before opening night.

A story told over a period of 20 years, the show has all the staples of a play written by the bard himself. There’s mystery and magic, a forbidden love story, and a tragedy all too heavy to bear. But don’t let the title fool you. Hamnet is its name, and Shakespeare walks the stage, but the spotlight falls on his wife, Agnes Hathaway. (A name change taken by creative liberties of O’Farrell)

The woman at the edge of the forest, Agnes has the ability to look at a person and see right through to their soul. She is played by Madeleine Mantock, a woman not unfamiliar with magical roles – most recently, a witch in the Charmed reboot. We sat down with the star of the show to discuss how she went from competitive disco dancing to taking centre stage in the theatrical event of the year.

What made you want to perform?
Where I grew up there was no theatre. Then a man called Jordi Guitart came to my dance school to do a dance masterclass. He had all this knowledge and all this essence; I wanted to be like him. I remember being told, “You don’t really get to do it. It’s too difficult, it’s too competitive.” I was like, “Well, I will. Even if it was 10% or 5%, I will be part of the 5%.” I’ve kept that obnoxious drive since.

What happens next after this discovery? Do you find theatre or keep dancing?
It was still only dancing at that point. I used to be a competitive freestyle disco dancer, which is quite niche. It’s like if you brought Strictly Ballroom into this century. You are spray tanned within an inch of your life. Your hair is scraped onto your head, and you curl it so you have this poof there. You’re wearing Swarovski crystals, crazy cat-eye makeup. You almost look like a peacock. You have this insane neon costume, which is bejewelled.

You go to a regional leisure centre, and there are different judges placed around the room in a rectangle. There will be 20 of you in a heat, which is like a round, and you strut onto the floor and they play any random music and you just dance to it in a square.

That’s one heat. If you make it past that round, you do it again. By the final, you come on from the side doing tricks and flips and you dance forwards in a line. It’s a whole day, it’s a massive, massive industry. It’s very niche but the BBC made a documentary about it.

How do you make your way to ArtsEd?
It wasn’t easy. But I wasn’t afraid to ask for help. When I was trying to get to school, I had to find a way to pay for it. When I was 18, school bills were ten and a half grand. At the time, regular university was three grand for a year. For a specialist course, that’s the difference you needed to pay.

I was writing to people, I made my own kind of pamphlet. I ended up having seven or eight people who had given money to help me get onto my course. I used to write them update letters about what I was getting up to at school, and what we were doing.

My school had quite a lot of opportunities to go and be a chorus for big events. We performed at the BBC Proms, we did a Sondheim birthday celebration. I used to tell the people helping me, “I’m really doing this. This is what your help is doing.”

Who were the people that ended up helping?
One of them was a local councillor, Rod Kempster. I had written to him and asked for help. He was the person who said yes and signed the cheque. You have to build a personal connection with someone. You have to convince them that you can do this.

When I went to ArtsEd, and I saw the other students, I knew it was where I was meant to go. But I didn’t get in. You’re not allowed to re-apply in the same year; you’re supposed to wait a year. But because I was so on it, I had auditioned first day of that cycle. So I wrote to them and said, ‘Please, can I try again?’

You’re a lady of letters…
Yes! They weren’t sure my singing was strong enough. But I said to them, ‘If you’re supposed to be the best school for musical theatre then you should be able to teach me.’ And then the head of music Dane Preece let me in! I was really tenacious. I really thought I was supposed to go there.
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Ahead of its world premiere this spring, Maggie O’Farrell’s Hamnet will transfer to the West End. Hamnet begins previews at the Garrick Theatre on 30 September, with an opening night on 12 October, and performances to 20 Jan. 2024.

Set in 1580s Warwickshire, Hamnet follows Agnes Hathaway who meets William Shakespeare. When the plague forces Shakespeare and his wife to lose their only son, a person’s loss gives birth to a new life.

“The motivation, for me, in writing the novel was to give a voice and a presence to the only son of William Shakespeare, who died when he was eleven and has ever since been relegated to a literary footnote in his father’s biography,” said O’Farrell.

“Although Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon and maintained strong ties with the town throughout his life, choosing to return to his family there when he retired, London was of course the centre of his professional life. It feels particularly apt and moving, therefore, that a play which puts Hamnet centre stage will now move to the world of theatrical London.”

Lolita Chakrabarati adapts Hamnet. She previously adapted Yann Martel’s Life of Pi, winning Best New Play at the 2022 Olivier Awards.

Madeleine Mantock will play Agnes Hathaway, with further casting to be announced. Erica Whyman directs, with set and costume Design by Tom Piper, lighting design by Prema Mehta, sound design by Xana, music by Oğuz Kaplangi, and movement by Ayse Tashkiran.

Hamnet is at the Garrick Theatre.


Het is enkele weken geleden bekend geworden dat Madeleine de rol van Agnes Hathaway zal spelen in het theatherstuk naar het boek ‘Hamnet’.

Madeleine Mantock (“Charmed”) will make her Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) debut with “Hamnet,” the stage adaptation of Maggie O’Farrell’s bestselling novel.

Set in 1582, “Hamnet” follows Agnes Hathaway, a natural healer who meets the Latin tutor, William Shakespeare and they create a life together and make a family. As Shakespeare moves to London to discover his place in the world of theater, Hathaway stays at home to raise their three children. When the plague steals 11-year-old Hamnet from his loving parents, they must each confront their loss alone. And yet, out of the greatest suffering, something of extraordinary wonder is born.

Mantock will play Hathaway with Tom Varey playing Shakespeare, also making his RSC debut. The cast also includes Peter Wight, Sarah Belcher, Will Brown, Haydn Burke, Ajani Cabey, Faye Campbell, Frankie Hastings, Karl Haynes, Alex Jarrett, Hannah McPake, Rose Riley, Elizabeth Rider, Harmony Rose-Bremner and Obioma Ugoala.

“Hamnet,” produced by the RSC and Neal Street Productions, in association with Hera Pictures, is adapted by Lolita Chakrabarti (“Life of Pi”) and directed by RSC acting artistic director Erica Whyman.

The production will feature set and costume design by Tom Piper, lighting by Prema Mehta, sound by Xana, music by Oğuz Kaplangi, casting by Amy Ball CDG, movement by Ayse Tashkiran and fights by Kate Waters.

Chakrabarti said: “Writing this play was made even more challenging due to the huge impact Maggie O’Farrell’s novel has had. Every reader seems to have a very personal relationship to this story. Shakespeare is studied, examined and lauded across the world and at times, it has felt presumptuous of me to add my own flavor to this iconic man. When I began researching 16th century Stratford and London I was instantly drawn to the diversity in England at that time. It no longer surprises me that there were all kinds of people here. That is how the world works – immigration has always been a reality and as expected, many of those people integrated into British society.

There are limited facts about Agnes/Anne Hathaway but I love playing with history and fiction and moulding them together so that one informs the other. It is a great privilege to look at the Shakespeares through my detailed research and personal lens. This woman behind the playwright is a fascinating character and after studying Maggie’s book, it is clear to me now that her son was the inspiration for one of our greatest pieces of English literature.”

“Hamnet” has sold over a 1.5 million copies worldwide and was named both Waterstones Book of the Year and winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in 2020. O’Farrell named the winner of the 2020 Women’s Prize for Fiction.

The theater adaptation will have its world premiere in the newly restored Swan theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon in April, marking the re-opening of the venue for the first time in over three years following the pandemic and a period of major refurbishment which began in Jan. 2022.

Elsewhere, the cast for Jack Thorne’s new play, “The Motive and the Cue,” directed by Sam Mendes, is now complete. The play, opening at London’s Lyttelton Theatre on April 20, is inspired by the making of Richard Burton and John Gielgud’s “Hamlet.” Janie Dee (“Follies”) will play Eileen Hurlie, joining Johnny Flynn as Richard Burton, Mark Gatiss as John Gielgud and Tuppence Middleton as Elizabeth Taylor.

The cast also includes Aaron Anthony, Tom Babbage, Allan Corduner, Elena Delia, Ryan Ellsworth, Phoebe Horn, Aysha Kala, Luke Norris, Huw Parmenter, David Ricardo-Pearce, David Tarkenter, Kate Tydman, Laurence Ubong Williams and Michael Walters.

In the play, Burton, newly married to Taylor, is to play the title in an experimental new production of “Hamlet” under Gielgud’s exacting direction. But as rehearsals progress, two ages of theater collide and the collaboration between actor and director soon threatens to unravel. It is inspired by “Letters from an Actor” by William Redfield and “John Gielgud Directs Richard Burton in ‘Hamlet’” by Richard L. Sterne.

“The Motive and the Cue” was originally commissioned by Neal Street Productions and has been developed and co-produced by the National Theatre and Neal Street Productions.


De eerste optredens van Madeleine in het theaterstuk ‘Blithe Spirit’ zijn een feit. Op 21 september was de eerste voorstelling voor de pers waar de eerste stills zijn gemaakt.

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Madeleine heeft haar eerste nieuwe project gevonden na haar vertrek bij ‘Charmed’! Ze is gecast in het theatherstuk Blithe Spirit op het Londense West End, ze zal vanaf 16 september voor 8 weken te zien zijn in de rol van Elvira. Het stuk is is in 1941 geschreven door Noël Coward.

It was announced today that Madeleine Mantock will be making her West End debut as she steps into the role of Elvira in the West End production of Blithe Spirit playing at the Harold Pinter Theatre from 16 September for a limited 8-week run.

Madeline recently played Macy Vaughn in CBS studios series Charmed and Miss Clara in the BBC’s The Long Song. Other TV credits include; Casualty, The Tomorrow People, Age Before Beauty and Into the Badlands. Films include: Edge of Tomorrow with Tom Cruise, Breaking Brooklyn and The Truth Commissioner.

She will be starring in the witty comedy alongside British comedy institution, Jennifer Saunders, who will revive her role as the clairvoyant Madame Arcati. They will be joined by original cast members Geoffrey Streatfield (Spooks, The Thick of It, RSC’s Histories Cycle) as Charles Condomine, Lisa Dillon (BBC’s Cranford, RSC’s The Roaring Girl and The Taming of the Shrew, the Old Vic’s Design for Living) as Ruth Condomine, Simon Coates (1984, Richard III at the Almeida, King John at Shakespeare’s Globe) as Dr Bradman, Lucy Robinson (Handbagged at the Vaudeville Theatre, Coronation Street, Call The Midwife) as Mrs Bradman and Rose Wardlaw (The Winters Tale, Shakespeare’s Globe, Call The Midwife and Doctors) as Edith.

The production brings together a distinguished and multi-award-winning creative team, directed by former National Theatre director Sir Richard Eyre with design by Anthony Ward, lighting by Howard Harrison, sound by John Leonard and illusions by Paul Kieve. Sir Richard Eyre was at the helm of the National Theatre for 10 years and is the winner of five Olivier Awards including a Lifetime Achievement Award. His numerous hugely-acclaimed productions include Guys and Dolls, The Invention of Love and Private Lives. His award- winning film and television work includes Iris, Tumbledown and The Children Act.

The hilarious Blithe Spirit was written in 1941 by English playwright Noël Coward to provide a distraction at the height of the World War II when it was staged for the first time. The gone-wrong, witty and meticulously engineered comedy tells the story of a couple haunted by a previous relationship – literally.

The show had a record-breaking run in the West End and on Broadway and remains one of the playwright’s most popular works.

Novelist Charles Condomine and his second wife Ruth are literally haunted by a past relationship when an eccentric medium inadvertently conjures up the ghost of his first wife, Elvira, at a séance. When she appears, visible only to Charles, and determined to sabotage his current marriage, life – and the afterlife – get complicated.

With an award-winning creative team bringing Blithe Spirit to life on stage in the West End, this production promises lots of laughs, sparks and spirit-lifting hijinks! Get your tickets to see this iconic show below.


Madeleine heeft op een haar Youtube kanaal een vlog gedeeld waarop ze deelt hoe een dag op de set van ‘Charmed’ nu is. De vlog was een idee van Sarah en is opgenomen tijdens de opnames van aflevering 3×08 – O, The Tangled Web. De video is niet te delen, deze functie is uitgeschakeld door Madeleine. Bekijk de video hier!

Hello, World!

A little parting gift.

What’s in Rupert’s pencil case, Sarah’s work bag & the all important question: is Queenie having a nice day?

All my love,

mads ✨


Actrice Madeleine Mantock die vanaf het eerste seizoen is te zien als oudste en half-zus Macy Vaughn heeft besloten de serie te verlaten. In een persbericht aan TVLine laat ze weten dat ze dankbaar aan de CW en CBS studios is voor haar tijd bij de serie en dat ze haar steunde bij haar moeilijke besluit te vertrekken. Daarnaast bedankt ze de fans en weer ze zeker dat het vierde seizoen spectaculair zal zijn. Madeleine deelt niet de redenen voor haar besluit te vertrekken maar dit houd wel in dat ze a.s. vrijdag in de seizoensfinale van seizoen 3 voor het laatst te zien zal zijn.

Showrunners Lix Kruger en Craig Shapiro laten weten dat ze haar net als de fans zullen missen, en dankbaar zijn het geweldige en inspirerende werk dat ze voor de ‘Charmed’ gedaan heeft. Ook respecteren ze haar besluit in deze moeitelijk tijd waarin iedereen zijn hart moet volgend. Ze wensen haar het alle beste en laten de deur voor haar open zodat ze kan terugkeren als Macy, op welke manier dan ook…

Veel website vinden dat met Madeleine besluit te vertrekken de geschiedenis zich herhaald, dit omdat in de orignele serie actrice Shannen Doherty ook vertrok uit de serie na het derde seizoen. Het is nog even afwachten hoe Macy verhaallijn in seizoen 3 tot een einde komt en in 2022 zullen we zullen wat dit inhoud voor het vierde seizoen die vanaf dan te zien zal zijn.

The Power of Two will have to do when Charmed returns for its fourth season next year. Madeleine Mantock, who has played eldest sister Macy Vaughn since the reboot premiered in 2018, will not be returning, TVLine has learned exclusively.

“Playing Macy on Charmed for the last three seasons has been an immense privilege and I have so enjoyed working with our fantastic producers, creatives, cast and crew,” Mantock tells TVLine in an exclusive statement. “I’m incredibly grateful to The CW and CBS Studios for my time on the show and for being a brilliant support in my difficult decision to leave. Huge thanks to our fans who can look forward to, what I know will be, a spectacular fourth season.”

Only one episode remains in Charmed‘s third season, making Friday’s finale (The CW, 8/7c) Mantock’s final episode as a series regular.

“We can’t thank Madeleine enough for her incredible and inspiring work on Charmed,” showrunners Liz Kruger and Craig Shapiro tell TVLine exclusively. “We will miss her as much as the fans will, but we also respect her decision to move on. This is a difficult time in the world, and everyone has to follow their heart. We wish her well, and the door is always open for a return visit from Macy…one way or another!”

Coincidentally, Shannen Doherty — who portrayed eldest sister Prue Halliwell on the original Charmed — also departed the WB drama after three seasons. Her exit resulted in Prue’s death, as well as the arrival of long-lost fourth sister Paige (Rose McGowan).

A few key questions remain: How will Macy be written off the show? Will Mel and Maggie discover another long-lost sister with whom to reconstitute the Power of Three, or might another relative like Josefina simply take her place? And what does this mean for Harry, who was so in love with Macy that he gave up his immortality to grow old with her? Some of those will likely be answered during Friday’s finale, while others will roll over to Season 4, which is expected to premiere in early 2022.

For now, all we can do is speculate based on the finale’s official logline: “When an encounter with the Whispering Evil leaves Macy on the brink of death, Mel and Maggie cast an ancient spell sending the Charmed Ones off on a series of epic adventures. Meanwhile, realizing only a Whitelighter can save Macy, Harry asks Jordan and Celeste to help him do the unthinkable.”The Power of Two will have to do when Charmed returns for its fourth season next year. Madeleine Mantock, who has played eldest sister Macy Vaughn since the reboot premiered in 2018, will not be returning, TVLine has learned exclusively.

“Playing Macy on Charmed for the last three seasons has been an immense privilege and I have so enjoyed working with our fantastic producers, creatives, cast and crew,” Mantock tells TVLine in an exclusive statement. “I’m incredibly grateful to The CW and CBS Studios for my time on the show and for being a brilliant support in my difficult decision to leave. Huge thanks to our fans who can look forward to, what I know will be, a spectacular fourth season.”

“We can’t thank Madeleine enough for her incredible and inspiring work on Charmed,” showrunners Liz Kruger and Craig Shapiro tell TVLine exclusively. “We will miss her as much as the fans will, but we also respect her decision to move on. This is a difficult time in the world, and everyone has to follow their heart. We wish her well, and the door is always open for a return visit from Macy…one way or another!”

Coincidentally, Shannen Doherty — who portrayed eldest sister Prue Halliwell on the original Charmed — also departed the WB drama after three seasons. Her exit resulted in Prue’s death, as well as the arrival of long-lost fourth sister Paige (Rose McGowan).

A few key questions remain: How will Macy be written off the show? Will Mel and Maggie discover another long-lost sister with whom to reconstitute the Power of Three, or might another relative like Josefina simply take her place? And what does this mean for Harry, who was so in love with Macy that he gave up his immortality to grow old with her? Some of those will likely be answered during Friday’s finale, while others will roll over to Season 4, which is expected to premiere in early 2022.

For now, all we can do is speculate based on the finale’s official logline: “When an encounter with the Whispering Evil leaves Macy on the brink of death, Mel and Maggie cast an ancient spell sending the Charmed Ones off on a series of epic adventures. Meanwhile, realizing only a Whitelighter can save Macy, Harry asks Jordan and Celeste to help him do the unthinkable.”


Ik heb nieuwe foto’s en screencaptures toegevoegd van Madeleine’s rol in de film ‘Breaking Brooklyn’ uit 2017.

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Madeleine, Melonie, Sarah en Rupert zullen dinsdag 23 maart digitaal aanwezig zijn op WonderCon om het derde seizoen van ‘Charmed’ te promoten.


Ik heb enkele nieuwe screencaptures toegevoegd van de DVD extra’s van Madeleine’s serie ‘Into the Badlands’

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De nieuwste instagramfoto’s van de ‘Charmed’ (2018) cast staan in de galerij


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Madeleine Mantock is haar eigen Youtube-kanaal begonnen! In één van haar eerste video’s heeft ze het over het aankomende seizoen van ‘Charmed’ !

Hello, World!

Welcome to my channel.
My YouTube obsession has led me here and I’m excited to keep discovering this platform and connect with you all.

mads ✨


Madeleine en Rupert waren gisteren live op Instagram om vragen van fans te beantwoorden. Wat een hilarisch duo samen.

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Q&A with @missmads and @rupert_evans #whitelighter #Charmed

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Ik heb screencaptures toegevoegd van Madeleine rol als Astrid in de CW serie ‘The Tomorrow People’.

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Madeleine Mantock heeft voor aankomende aflevering in haar rol als Macy het nummer ‘Forget You’ gezongen en deze is door The CW op spotify gezet!