The Hamlet Project (3 stars)

  • 11 August 2006

This article is from 2006.

A simple though bold idea has a remarkably transformative effect on Shakespeare’s over-performed play. The idea here is there are two Princes of Denmark, two Hamlets played by two actors simultaneously (even though the remainder of the cast interact with only one). As the play progresses, with Hamlet’s soliloquies turned into banter between an action-orientated protagonist and a bookish, thoughtful one, the cleverness of the conceit becomes clear: the duel stage presence illustrates in and inventive and effective way Hamlet’s notorious indecision and, moreover, the madness that appears to take hold of him following the murder of his father. Two be or not two be, is the question here. (Miles Fielder)

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