Hamlet

Modern Take on Hamlet for all the world to understand!

For most of us the mere thought of sitting through a couple of hours of Shakespeare makes one eyes glaze over, and one’s thoughts turn to infinitely more interesting pastimes, such as watching hours of ‘The Xfactor’ or ‘Towie’(I’m joking!) But not so the current production of Hamlet, at Kensington’s Drayton Theatre!

Published Apr 10, 2013 by admin

Words: Cameron Yorke

For most of us the mere thought of sitting through a couple of hours of Shakespeare makes one eyes glaze over, and one’s thoughts turn to infinitely more interesting pastimes, such as watching hours of ‘The Xfactor’ or ‘Towie’(I’m joking!) But not so the current production of Hamlet, at Kensington’s Drayton Theatre!

Set in the 1960’s, this production explores the similarity between the Olde England of Shakespeares time, and the current day, proving that really, not a lot has changed, apart from the language, although with this show, owing to extremely clever timing, acting and facial expression, has even the least thesbian among us chortling in our seats, with its exploration of the real facts behind the story.

Brooke Johnston has done a masterful job in directing and co-producing this show in a way which makes the tragic story imminently understandable and humorous, with innuendo of homosexual tension, sex, deceit and intrigue, and the cast is similarly well chosen with excellent performances in a set stark in its simplicity, drawing ones focus to the subtle raising of eye brows, sly looks, and perfectly delivered lines, with a timbre which is timed impeccably. The script is true to the original, but delivered in such a way as to leave little doubt about the true meaning of the words in today’s context. The entire story could not be clearer if it was an episode of East-enders, such is the quality of the acting and directing.

Harry Kerr does a sincere and angst ridden Hamlet, mourning his Father’s Death and plotting the demise of his killer. His engagement with fellow cast members is clever and at times witty, and without wanting to spoil the surprises in the story, this performance is a must see.

The Entire Cast is extremely polished, With Teresa Critchly playing Gertrude, the lamenting Mother of Hamlet, Widow of  Old Hamlet, played by Richard Penny, and wife of Polonius(Mike Tibbets).

My favourite, and definitely the most humorous of the cast is Horatio, played by Roddy Peters, who had us giggling throughout the performance. Brooke Johnston also plays Ophelia, and Sven Anger portrays a very serious and believable Laertes.

Whether or not you have a passion for Hamlet, this production will have you riveted throughout the entire performance with its connection to today’s lifestyle and above all is a thoroughly enjoyable, witty Show. Quite frankly, with a pre-show and another at interval, it’s the best £20 you’ll spend on entertainment in London!

Hamlet runs until April 27th, Tuesday to Sundays at the Drayton Theatre, 153 Old Brompton Road South Kensington, SW5 0LJ. Tickets are from £10 – £13 with programmes £1 each, but On Shakespeare’s Birthday, 23rd April you can see it for a fiver!

www.thedraytontheatre.co.uk

 

 



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