Hundreds of people have queued around London's Novello Theatre to secure tickets for David Tennant's planned outing as Hamlet in the capital's West End, the BBC reports. The Royal Shakespeare Company production has already proved a popular draw in Stratford-upon-Avon, where fans were earlier this year politely asked to lay off …
Changes to the text to suit the audience...
- Location changed from Elsinore to Cardiff
- 'Oh what a piece of work is man' speech changed to simply 'You humans! You're amazing!'
- Ophelia made 25% more feisty, saves Hamlet from farting aliens
- Fight with Laertes won through use of previously unknown supernatural power
- Instead of Hamlet dying at the end he regenerates
Spent an entire hour this morning ringing their hotline, but either the phone line couldn't cope with the load and I got "vacant number", or it was engaged.
When I did get through, I then got cut off. Or another time I got through to a second answer machine and it said, "Demand has been excessive. Ring back in a few hours time."
To make matters worse, I managed to use the website to get to picking where I wanted to sit, and then the servers crashed.
Then I got as far as picking how many seats I wanted, and then the servers crashed again!!!!
Oh my aching feet!
I was one of those who queued for tickets today - for 5 hours. Got some good tickets though, so it was worth it.
can't you just watch him on dvd or something
its not like his acting range is huge is it? gotta be a mix of the same 3 faces he makes all the time.
"Instead of Hamlet dying at the end he regenerates"
Thanks a heap
Sword severed hand for obvious reasons.
It's a pretty good production. I saw it at Stratford --- sorry, no queuing, I just filled in my full member's form and received row C for my daughter and me by return of post --- and rather enjoyed it. It's been cut heavily to fit in three and a half hours, which is good --- compare Dear Ken's production in the early 90s, which was nearly an hour longer.
Tennant is surprisingly good --- remember, Hamlet is a young man's part, and his Doctor has been an audition for Hamlet from the off --- but Stewart steals the show as Claudius. He's old RSC, and can actually speak the verse, and that brings out of Maria Gayle as Ophelia (a name to watch: she did a great Miranda a couple of seasons ago and she's sensational here, and looks great in her bra and knickers too) and especially Penny Downie as Gertrude (again, old RSC: she played Lady Anne opposite Sher's Richard III amongst other things) fine, fine performance.
You won't come away having learnt something about Hamlet, either the man or the text, that you didn't know before, but you'll have laughed (a lot: it's _funny_, with Oliver Ford Davies as Polonius timed to perfection) and seen some great performances. The whole thing is slightly less than the sum of its parts, but it's a fine evening's theatre.
It won't be one of the great RSC things that's remembered for decades to come: my wife saw the Sher R3, we both saw the Stephens Lear and the Brannagh Hamlet and the Mendes/Russell-Beale R3 and the Juliet Stevenson Becket Shorts, I saw all eight of the Histories in four days over Easter.
But if you don't know the play it's a great introduction. I think the young might find it all a bit too angsty. My daughter, 12, isn't a Shakespeare neophyte --- to the amusement of people sat near us she was able to compare Patrick Stewart's Claudius with his Hamlet at Chichester and his Prospero in the old main house --- and she was happy to see Tennant, especially two feet away on the walkway. But she enjoyed the Macbeth more, the motivations being a lot clearer (and, to be honest, the production a lot better: Goold is a real rising star). And if you do know the play, it's light, it's fun, it's well acted, and at worst you'll be left with a slight feeling that there's more to be had from the text.
man these doctor who fans are a bunch of sad f@cks, prior to starring in that kiddie show none of you dweebs would have taken an interest in this
Dr WHO? JLP surely.
My other half took out RSC membership so she good pre-book but she's off to see Jean-Luc Picard.