First of all, apologies for the delay. First I was ill, and then I was travelling, and now I have time to transcribe my many, many notes.
To preface, I know a lot of people who saw this production and were disappointed, including several of my friends. I absolutely loved it -- but, this was my first experience seeing Hamlet
performed live. I've seen three of the films (Olivier, Zeffirelli, and Branagh), and I've read it several times over (most recently with cesario
's brilliant recaps), but seeing it performed was amazing, and I felt like I was rediscovering why I used to love this play so very, very much. I still do, but I think it's been spoiled by an excess of criticism, and watching it was astonishingly liberating.
Anyway. Here we go.( Here there be ramblings. Very long and probably full of unnecessary detail. )
I do feel bad posting this, knowing that anyone who sees this production between now and Christmas won't be seeing David Tennant, but I do want to say that Edward Bennett made a fantastic Laertes (he made me like
Laertes, something I never would have predicted), so I can only assume he'll be a wonderful Hamlet as well.