Richard Armitage reads

Hamlet, Prince of Denmark:

A Novel


Written by: A J Hartley and David Hewson
Recorded at: Audible studios, New Jersey
Distributor: and
Release date: 20 May 2014
Duration: tba

Read by:

Richard Armitage


On 23rd February 2014, we learned that Richard Armitage had performed a new adaptation of Shakespeare's Hamlet as an audio novel. The novel has been co-written by author A J Hartley and David Hewson and will be available via Audible on 20th May 2014. The announcement was made by the co-author @authorajhartley on twitter (follow this link to see his answers to some questions about the audiobook), who tweeted a link to the news on

How long did it take to record this audiobook?

According to AJ Hartley's Facebook page, recording started on 19th February. On the 22nd February he posted that recording was finished.

David Hewson, co-writer of the Hamlet audiobook, posted a blog entry about this news on 23rd February. He writes that the audiobook will be available worldwide, it was recorded in New Jersey and there will be more news and audio clips closer to the release date.


Publisher's Summary

It is a tale of ghosts, of madness, of revenge - of old alliances giving way to new intrigues. Denmark is changing, shaking off its medieval past. War with Norway is on the horizon. And Hamlet - son of the old king, nephew of the new - becomes increasingly entangled in a web of deception - and murder.

Struggling to find his place in this strange new order Hamlet tries to rekindle his relationship with Ophelia - the daughter of Elsinore’s cunning spy master, a man with plots of his own. Hamlet turns for advice and support to the one person he can trust -- Young Yorick, the slippery, unruly jester, whose father helped Hamlet through a difficult childhood. And all the while the armed forces of Fortinbras, prince of Norway, start to assemble, threatening to bring down Elsinore forever.

Beautifully performed by actor Richard Armitage ("Thorin Oakenshield" in the Hobbit films), Hamlet, Prince of Denmark takes Shakespeare’s original into unexpected realms, reinventing a story we thought we knew.

A. J. Hartley is the New York Times best-selling author of the Will Hawthorne fantasy series and several thrillers, as well as the Darwen Arkwright books for younger readers. He is the Russell Robinson Distinguished Professor of Shakespeare at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

David Hewson is the best-selling author of more than 20 novels, including the Nic Costa crime series and a trilogy of books based on the hit Danish television show The Killing. His most-recent novel, The House of Dolls, begins a new series set in Amsterdam.

Richard Armitage is known to movie audiences around the world as "Thorin Oakenshield" in the trilogy of films based on The Hobbit. Born in Leicester, England, and trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, Armitage has performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company, and created memorable roles on Robin Hood, North & South, and other British TV series.

©2014 A.J. Hartley, David Hewson (P)2014 Audible, Inc.




Here are 6 excerpts from the audiobook on Soundcloud.


Here is a picture Richard taken during the recent audiobook recording of Hamlet, A Novel at the Audible studios in New York. The picture originates from this site run by Amil Dave, a sound engineer, but here is a direct link to the photo on Flickr. Richard is photographed with Joy Smith, audio editor at Audible. Thanks to Karima.



Ordering Info

You can pre-order Hamlet, Prince of Denmark: A Novel read by Richard Armitage from and




A J Hartley twitter page

A J Hartley author Facebook page

David Hewson's blog



Last updated 29 March 2014