Ruth Leon recommends…Hamlet – Young Vic

Ruth Leon recommends…Hamlet – Young Vic

Ruth Leon recommends

norman lebrecht

October 28, 2021

Hamlet – Young Vic
Click here for tickets    £15

October 28-29 – 1900 BST 1800 pm CET 1400 pm NY 

October 30 1400 BST  and 1900 BST 1800 pm CET 1400 pm NY  

OK. A Black, female Hamlet at The Young Vic. Why not? The highly-anticipated production of Shakespeare’s great tragedy, with  Cush Jumbo (The Good Wife, The Good Fight) making her Young Vic debut as a new kind of Hamlet.  Cush Jumbo reunites with her long-time collaborator, director  Greg  Hersov, to bring us this tale of power, politics and desire. At least, that’s how it’s described by the Young Vic. Personally, after a lifetime of seeing many, many productions of Hamlet, I don’t think it’s about any of those. Watch and decide for yourself.

Four livestream performances of this in-person production of Hamlet, starring Cush Jumbo in the title role with Adrian Dunbar as Claudius. The Young Vic is trying a fascinating experiment with this production. You can either watch a traditional video capture of the stage action (called the Director’s Cut) or you can choose, moment to moment which camera you want to watch. This is called ‘The best seat in your house’ or the Director’s Chair, and you can choose which version to watch, when you book.
It’s live, not on demand, in British Summer Time, so be sure you check the time in your timezone.

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  • Aleph says:

    Well, how many Danish Hamlets has there ever been?

    Shakespeare is all about the language anyway, it’s more opera than play, just as no opera company will ever put a 15 year old soprano to sing Madama Butterfly on stage, no company is going to have a13 year old play Juliet kissing a 20 year old Romeo, so we’ll have octogenarian gay Hamlets and Black female Hamlets.