Cooped up inside, with no theater in sight, I’m remembering Hamlets I’ve known. I wonder if you, reading this little list, may remember them too. I like to watch Hamlets, but my children became so annoyed when I went out to see Hamlet, that they called him Pooplet.
Remembering a few Hamlets
“I am but mad north-north-west. When the wind is southerly, I know a hawk from a handsaw.”
Hamlet by Bedlam at McCarter Theatre Center, 2017, upstages tragedy with comedy. https://phindie.com/14306-14306-hamlet-bedlam-theater-company-shakespeares-most-underrated-comedy
Zainab Jah is Wilma’s feisty female Hamlet. Directed by Blanka Zizka in 2015. phindie.com/7560-7560-hamlet-wilma-theater-review-amazes-while-keeping-distance/
I Horatio was a 2015 FringeNYC production full of irreconcilable differences, witty ideas, noble aims, and absolute nonsense. It was something caught between a frolic and a nightmare with strains of Trent Reznor.
Benedict Cumberbatch’s intellectual Hamlet (National Theatre 2015) can be accessed on Youtube and is available on DVD, as are Kenneth Brannaugh’s unabridged film version and Jude Law’s Donmar Warehouse-to-Broadway stint.
Josh Carpenter handled the lead in Quintessence Theatre Group’s Hamlet. Chris Munden writes that the “edited version takes a bare bodkin to Shakespeare’s story of revenge and existential crisis.”phindie.com/2083-hamlet-quintessence-brevity-is-the-soul-of-it-215 also curtainup.com/hamletphila13.html
Geoff Sobelle is Lantern Theatre’s Hamlet in 2009. curtainup.com/hamletphila09.html
Daniel Fish’s Hamlet (McCarter Theatre, Princeton 2005) was a production that should start fist fights.” curtainup.com/hamletnj.html
Ethan Hawke’s bummed out modern Hamlet with Sam Shepard, Bill Murray, Julia Stiles, and a weird one-second flash of Jeffrey Wright’s gravedigger, is among my faves. Screenplay by Michael Almereyda, Carter Burwell music. (2000).
Post script: Then there’s the unproduced A Travestie of Hamlet, Prince of Denmarke script by Bill Mayes 2015. I get $1.50 for adding that note.