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‘Not Oscar Isaac’s perfect face and clear talent could make me warm to him (as Hamlet)’

Review in The Guardian (UK) Weekend magazine.

Well, I love me a mad interpretation – see anything Emma Rice has done at the Globe recently as an example – but I also love it traditional. Can I pick a favourite between the all-male Twelfth Night the Globe did with Stephen Fry as Malvolio and Rice’s take with a small Welsh woman as Malvolio and sailors who break out into ‘we are family’? I cannot. I love them both.
And while I don’t rate Gold’s production of Hamlet, I *loved* Oscar’s performance. As I’ve said before his was the first Hamlet I didn’t want to smack upside the head and his delivery was the most natural I’ve ever heard, *including when people were using Original Pronunciation* – and I would give anything to see him (and most of this cast, especially Key and Woodard) at the Globe, directed by someone else.

This review amounts to ‘I don’t like Shakespeare so I didn’t like this’.

I think the author went purely as an Oscar fan. Which is fine but, although Hamlet is a whiny git he’s got reason. His dad now dead is haunting him and was killed by his father’s own brother who then marries his mother. That’s enough to derail most people.
I saw Benedict Cumberbatch perfect the childish part of Hamlet and appreciated his incredible acting skills, do I like Hamlet, yes I have seen a number of productions, truth be told @icantbearsedtothinkofone I’m not sure I’d want see another one.

I keep thinking I should go see Andrew Scott, because the reviews have been excellent… but… meh.

Meh indeed. Tom Hiddleston is doing it too in a stupidly small venue for 3 weeks, raising funds for RADA. So a good cause. I was lucky enough to see him in Coriolanus, exceptional production, bloody and brilliant. Worth catching on NT Live reruns.

Oh yeah we went to the cinema for that one, I thought Gatiss was quite good in his little role too, and whoever played the mother.

..I think I’d rather see Hiddles than Scott, but I’ve only seen him so far as Moriarty soooo

I actually went for Gatiss not realising his role was so minor ( not remembering the text well ! ). You’re right he was great ! Ken Branagh is directing the Hiddles version so I’m sure it will be fabulous darling!!?