Edinburgh International Festival production of Hamlet.


Scott Shepherd in HamletI have not seen a more disappointing Hamlet.  Not in a mainstream theatre production, not even on the Fringe.  For a contribution to the Edinburgh International Festival this is dire stuff.   Actors making jerky movements in sympathy with a giant screening of the 1964 black and white film of Richard Burton playing Hamlet on Broadway.   Its an American production by the influential New York based Wooster Group.   They should have kept it in America.. Distracting.  Irritating.  It was performed like a cheap re-mastered DVD with a dodgy soundtrack, bought from an Edinburgh charity shop.   In fact if you did buy such a DVD you could at least return it to the charity shop and demand your money back.  Ugh!

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