johnleiser

Hamlet@ The Broadhust 10/16/09

In Uncategorized on October 17, 2009 at 2:16 pm

Jude Law as Hamlet is intriguing and better yet a great Hamlet on stage. He takes command of the part from the very first and maintains all through the 3 1/2 hours that this production takes till the final end of the Danes. The smoky sets are just right to project a dismal, dank Danish landscape and the creepy turns of events that make for Shakespeare’s great tragedy.The music background adds a somber tone without being intrusive. And the whole cast turns in solid plus performances. The ghost of Hamlets’ father is eerily present and has the best voice in the production. The King and Gertrude are sinister and sucked into their roles in the tragedy. Ophilia builds until her demise will bend her brothers desire for revenge to the quick end to the conspiracy The inexorable finale is a scene from the Orson Wells film from the 40’s.This might be the pivotal Hamlet for the new millennium that future productions are compared to. It keeps a modern tone without losing the classic Shakespeare look and feel. As a contemporary audience we don’t feel the retro or the avant guard of so many productions; bur we are planted firmly in our own time to deal with the timeless tragedy that brings Hamlet from madness to his understanding of the events that lead to his death.

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