May 21 – 24, 1998, May 26 – 30, 1998

Production Language English
Country of Origin England, United Kingdom
Description Fresh from his acclaimed West End production of Art (opening on Broadway this spring), director Matthew Warchus's Hamlet is a radical rediscovery of Shakespeare's greatest tragedy. This is a thoroughly modern Hamlet in which Warchus cuts and realigns scenes, and uses contemporary settings and dress to transform the play's political and existential context into a tightly-focused, cinematic revenge drama.

Olivier Award-winning actor Alex Jennings portrays the troubled Prince in one of the RSC's most celebrated performances. The play opens with Hamlet scattering his father's ashes as a Bergman-esque film projects images of the boy Prince and his beloved father. With fluid, quick-cutting style the production employs a series of striking visuals including a lavish purple wedding banquet and thrilling shadow effects of the play-within-the-play.

A re-energized and refreshingly original interpretation, this is a Hamlet of our time.
Identifier 1998s.00631