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The week in theatre: Tammy Faye; Hamlet; Marvellous – review
Katie Brayben nails the title role in a musical otherwise lacking edge, Billy Howle makes a princely Hamlet and an all-new West End theatre is launched by an amazing life

Susannah Clapp

30, Oct, 2022 @10:30 AM

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Hamlet review – slick tragedy fuelled by fury
With inky backdrops, jagged sound and frenzied violence, John Haidar’s production stars Billy Howle as a prince emanating unhinged anger

Arifa Akbar

20, Oct, 2022 @2:19 PM

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Hamlet review – Ian McKellen holds court in a dumb-ballet take on the Bard
McKellen is the only speaker in Peter Schaufuss’s eccentric but witless adaptation of Hamlet as narrative ballet

Mark Fisher

05, Aug, 2022 @9:53 PM

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Patrick Stewart: ‘I was dazzled by David Warner’s Hamlet – to join the company felt like a fantasy’
The actor pays tribute to his illustrious colleague, who died last week, and recalls the lessons he learned as a young First Player opposite him in Shakespeare’s tragedy

Patrick Stewart

01, Aug, 2022 @11:43 AM

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‘The greatest director the world has ever seen’ – actors salute Peter Brook
Adrian Lester stripped back Hamlet with him, Janet Suzman can still hear the audience gasp, Glenda Jackson dug deep for the director and for Frances de la Tour he was incomparable

Interviews by Chris Wiegand

04, Jul, 2022 @3:02 PM

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Hamlet Within: why are we so obsessed with Shakespeare’s dithering prince?
A provocative new film at Cannes featuring Ian McKellen attempts to de-romanticise the Dane but lags behind what theatre productions have been telling us for decades

Michael Billington

27, May, 2022 @12:30 PM

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Revenge is sweet: the music, TV and theatre about getting your own back
From Shakespeare’s dithering Dane to Desperate Housewives’ steely-eyed Bree, our critics serve up the coldest revenge dishes

Jason Okundaye, Jessica Kiang, Miriam Gillinson, Hugh Morris and Sam Jordison

16, May, 2022 @9:00 AM

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The best theatre to stream this month: Mum, Hamlet, Oliver Twist and more
In a new monthly roundup, we pick 10 of the best shows to enjoy from home – including Shakespeare filmed in a church, a lavish musical and Gabriel Byrne’s return to Dublin

Chris Wiegand

01, Mar, 2022 @11:51 AM

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Is Hamlet complicated? That is the question | Letters
Letters: Robin Jarvis and Michael Pyke disagree with Rhoda Koenig’s argument that the play is far more straightforward than critics make out


15, Feb, 2022 @5:34 PM

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Rotten state of Hamlet analysis
Letters: Hamlet isn’t as mysterious a play as the critics make out, according to Rhoda Koenig


13, Feb, 2022 @6:36 PM

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Hamlet review – a prince of wheeze
Though standup George Fouracres brings pugnacious energy to the role, Shakespeare’s tragedy is rendered way too glib

Susannah Clapp

13, Feb, 2022 @10:30 AM

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James McAvoy: ‘Play Hamlet? Nah – he’s always seemed a bit of a moaner to me’
He came blazing out of Glasgow like a rocket, scoring hits and acclaim. As he returns to the stage in a hard-rapping, homoerotic Cyrano de Bergerac, the star talks about partygate, snout size – and tackling Lear when he hits 100

Arifa Akbar

03, Feb, 2022 @6:00 AM

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