Hamlet
Drama

Barbican

Hamlet

25 Aug 2015 - 31 Oct 2015

Pro reviewers rating
13 reviews

3.3 out of 5.0
Peer reviewers rating
1 reviews

4.0 out of 5.0

  • Synopsis
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  • Venue details

As a country arms itself for war, a family tears itself apart. Forced to revenge 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.  

An exclusive twelve week run of this compelling new production.
 

Barbican [Off West End]

“Electrifying... A career changing performance... Completely amazing. ”

Other newspaper reviewers

“Cumberbatch delivers the great soliloquies superbly, urgently, intelligently and full of concentration. ”

Michael Coveney (What's on Stage, The Stage, Independent)

“Turner's Hamlet will excite Cumberbatch fans, but also delivers a bold production to those who know Shakespeare’s play well. ”

Mark Shenton (The Stage, Express)

“His performance is better than the rest of the show. This is a fine Hamlet in a patchy, occasionally puerile production. ”

Quentin Letts (Daily Mail)

“Cumberbatch... stands equal to the best modern Hamlets... A blazing, five-star Hamlet trapped in a middling, three-star show. ”

Dominic Cavendish (The Telegraph)

“A conceptual production without a concept... Monumental set... dwarfs the actors and militates against any kind of intimacy. ”

Neil Norman (Express, The Stage)

“Cumberbatch is nimble, precise and serious, but overall... a stylish interpretation rather than an electrifyingly audacious one.”

Henry Hitchings (Evening Standard)

“One of the most visually and atmospherically stunning productions I’ve ever seen... a decadent fantasia... But nobody dazzles. ”

Andrzej Lukowski (Time Out)

“Stunningly designed... A fair bit of text and story-line shifted around...to sometimes eloquent, sometimes irritating effect. ”

Paul Taylor (The Independent)

“A fresh, dynamic staging with a vivid, supple performance at its heart... plays Hamlet almost as an expressionist thriller. ”

Sarah Hemming (Financial Times)

“An evening of fitful illumination... Tremendous drive from this young director. ”

Susannah Clapp (The Observer)

“Alas, poor Benedict... Cumberbatch has all the energy required... but there's little subtlety in this performance. ”

Other newspaper reviewers

“A good, personable Hamlet with a strong line in self-deflating irony... trapped inside an intellectual ragbag of a production. ”

Michael Billington (The Guardian)

Reviews (1)    

Your rating
I have to say, I liked it; I was glad to go in with low expectations and have them exceeded. I also think the production has moved on a bit since most pro reviews were written in August (I saw it on Sept 26). 'Dreary' was a common refrain, and the sense was that Cumberbatch wasn't applying his own interpretation to the role. None of that matches what we saw - brightly and clearly realised characte...

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Cabe Franklin 30 Sep 2015

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