England: RSC Hamlet

Waiting for Hamlet to start in Sept.Today we traveled to Stratford-upon-Avon for the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Hamlet. It seems appropriate that if one were to go see just one RSC show, you would pick Hamlet, you would pick seeing it in Stratford, the heart of Shakespeare country and you would want some heavy hitters in the lead roles.

Both David Tennant as Hamlet and Patrick Stewart as Claudius were phenomenal. Also, one of the bit players, David Ajala, happened to be from another show we watch in the UK. Throughout the play, I kept thinking about the setting. Of Denmark, of Helsignor, of our visit to this country last year, of our visit to Kronborg Slot, the castle said to be the inspiration for Helsignor. Not to sound like too much of a fan girl, but, Squeee! David Tennant was particularly brilliant. The cheers and applause for him at the end was electric and made me smile a big stupid grin.

It was simply THE most amazing production of Shakespeare I think I will ever see and in an intimately small theater. There is not a bad seat in all of the Courtyard Theater, performed in the round, the worst seat is 80 feet from the stage. It was fabulous to have actors that we were so familiar with/fans of in the primary roles too. What an incredible performance, an incredible day. Thanks again to my sweetie for finding the hard to get tickets.