Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Hamlet article

In the main section of today's London Independent, Paul Taylor has an interesting article about the history of Hamlet productions, 'as Jude Law and David Tennant reveal plans to play' the part. He examines performances by Lawrence Olivier, Simon Russell-Beale, Mark Rylance (pictured - 'the supreme Hamlet of our times'), John Gielgud, Stephane Dillane and David Warner :-

The bottom line in this greatest of all tragedies is that the preternaturally brilliant hero treats you, through his soliloquies, as an equal. And I would argue that the experience of seeing plays at Shakespeare's Globe has intensified our awareness of this phenomenon. All the actors I have loved ... have had the ability to bare their souls to an audience in such a way as to see deep into yourself.

See the full article here.

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