The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0743 Monday, 28 August 2006
Date: Saturday, 26 Aug 2006 10:38:58 +0100
Subject: Hamlet: The Actors Cut - Pitlochry
List members will remember that at the beginning of the summer (UK) a
production of the First Quarto version of Hamlet at the Pitlochry
Theatre in Scotland was announced.
Taking a day off from the Edinburgh Festivals circus, I had the pleasure
of attending the opening night on Wednesday, and would commend this
production to all as the clearest production of Hamlet that I have seen.
Acting (there is a company of 9) is uniformly excellent, with some fine
character delineation within those playing multiple smaller roles. John
Durnin's direction is sharp and on a bare stage relies on clarity of
thought and intention rather than gimmick and effect. I have one nagging
question about a production choice, but will explore it with John at a
later date, and will not raise it here as a spoiler.
As a practitioner rather than an academic, I won't comment on the
nuances of the textual differences other than to say that the variations
of scenes and lines make for a refreshing absence of clich