By William Shakespeare
TNT Theatre Britain
From the age of 16 up
Director: Paul Stebbings, Musical score: Thomas Johnson
The production focuses on HAMLET as performance, since most of the characters are performing a lie: old friends are spies, Claudius performs the role of a good stepfather, his mother that of a caring parent, Polonius of an honest broker, and even poor domed Ophelia pretends she is alone with her onetime lover. The greatest actor of all is Hamlet, who performs his own illusory madness. Nothing is what it seems and there are no fixed meanings, the world literally drives those who try to make sense of its riddles quite quite mad. Director Paul Stebbings emphasizes and explores the theatricality, using life size puppets as well as highly theatrical ghosts and comedy interwoven with tragedy, as Shakespeare intended. This is not a play about inaction, but of a constant search for truth and justice. The production is complemented by Thomas Johnson’s powerful music, sung and played by the actors and interwoven with the text in the manner of a film score. This revival tours to Germany, China and Israel, offering audiences a unique opportunity to get to grips with the greatest story ever told.
„I never knew Shakespeare could be so entertaining.“ (CNN TV)
„From the very first moment the audience was held in a vice like grip … TNT prove that Shakespeare can be made relevant to modern audiences anywhere.“ (Japan Times)