Playing Thursday, October 15th (one Night Only)- Book Now
Academy Award® nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC’s Sherlock, The Imitation Game, Frankenstein at the National Theatre) takes on the title role of Shakespeare’s great tragedy. Directed by Lyndsey Turner (Posh, Chimerica) and produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, National Theatre Live will broadcast this eagerly awaited production live to cinemas. As a country arms itself for war, a family tears itself apart. Forced to avenge his father’s death but paralysed by the task ahead, Hamlet rages against the impossibility of his predicament, threatening both his sanity and the security of the state.
“Hamlet”: NT Live, October 15th. (from Jim Ryan)
“Hamlet” is the most famous and frequently-quoted play ever written – Richard Burton (a friend who saw him in the role early in his career told me it was an unforgettable experience) told of a performance at which Sir Winston Churchill sat in the front row and was saying the lines so audibly ahead of the actor that it almost caused him to forget his lines. Hamlet is probably the most coveted role of all for those who think themselves capable of playing it; the roll-call of the great Hamlets includes most of the most renowned male (and some female) actors in theatrical history. For a huge proportion of those who have seen the play, it’s the greatest they’ve seen. The number of times it’s been parodied also attest to its stature – the iconic question, “To be or not to be”, was once reduced by students, in a comedy, to the more profound question: “To beer or not to beer”!
“Hamlet”, apart from the magnificent soliloquys, in which we see into the recesses of
the hero’s mind , fizzes along at a relentless pace – it has enough exciting, even murderous physical action, intrigue, betrayal and humour to keep us on the edge of our seats. And, of course, it has a psychological study of its central character, Hamlet, which has defied definitive interpretation for over four hundred years – even Sigmund Freud has had his say, but Hamlet eludes them all. Each century has had its own Hamlet as will each playgoer. Why does he take so long to avenge his father’s murder – does he himself know; in the course of the play, he gives differing reasons.
Benedict Cumberbatch’s “Hamlet” has been one of the most eagerly-awaited theatrical events of the decade and the critics have acclaimed his performances. SGC Dungarvan have saved me a journey to London by screening this Everest of a play and we viewers will have ‘the best seats in the house’ for what should be memorable. Unmissable!