A MODERN version of Shakespeare’s Hamlet is coming to Alloa this year – with proceeds going to a worthy cause.

The Coach House Theatre will be hosting a new version of Hamlet in an innovative joint production with Falkirk’s Tryst Theatre.

To highlight this unique collaboration, both companies will make a donation from the proceeds to a Ukrainian children’s charity.

Alman actors George Marcinkiewicz, Cath Hamilton, Alan Boyd, Alexander Malcolm and Robyn Gordon join forces with Tryst to present an exciting new version of the play.

Tryst actors include Rhona McColl, Jim Allan, Carol Clark, Craig Murray and David Webster.

Walter Awlson, Coach House creative and much-admired set designer, has led the team including Davie Dobbie, Steve Baker and Dave Hunter to create a superb set which allows the action to move seamlessly from the Danish castle to the city walls and beyond.

The production is comes from writer/director Kenneth Ross, whose dramatic new take on Shakespeare’s tragedy intriguingly involves modern dress and language, mobile phones, iPads, golf balls and even a sun-lounger.

The normal running time of four hours is slashed to around 75 minutes, and all the characters from Shakespeare's play make an appearance, including the Ghost and the wisecracking Gravedigger.

Furthermore, all the major speeches are retained, including the famous line: "To be, or not to be".

Alman Chairman Gerry Docherty said: "Rehearsals are already well under way and this fresh take on Hamlet will undoubtedly be a great success."

Kenneth Ross added: "Hamlet is Shakespeare's masterpiece and its raw intensity has enthralled audiences for over four hundred years with its themes of murder, madness and revenge.”

Hamlet will be played by award-winning actor Brian Paterson who has the huge task of portraying the brooding and tormented Prince of Denmark.

The show will be staged in the Coach House Theatre every night between Saturday, October 1 and Thursday, October 6 at 7.30pm.

Tickets cost £11. Visit ticketsource.co.uk/alman for more information.