Hamlet (Modern Plays) (Paperback)

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By William Shakespeare, Robert Icke (Adapted by)
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This is by far my favorite Shakespeare play (and probably my favorite play of all time). I think why I enjoy this play so much is how mentally ambiguous Hamlet is throughout the play. Is he only faking his crazy to find out who murdered his father, or is he slowly losing his mind in the process? I also enjoy how you interpret the play can be totally in the hands of how it is acted out through its various stage, TV and film interpretations. The first time I dealt with Hamlet was in a high school classroom setting and at first I didn’t understand the themes behind the story, but grew to love this play after analyzing it further in my Shakespeare college course and watching Kenneth Branagh’s 1996 film version.
I am a big fan of any version of Hamlet that takes care for Orphelia’s character and fleshes out her madness as much as it does for Hamlet’s. My favorite scene is his exchange with his beloved Orphelia in Act III Scene I where he goes completely bonkers on her (go thee to a NUNNERY!) simply because of the many ways you can interpret the scene in regards to how much of the exchange and the emotions behind it is fabricated and how much is real. If this scene didn’t make you cry, you need to re-read the scene until you DO CRY!
Anyways, read this and love it as much as I do.

— Kirstin Swartz


A murdered King. A usurped Prince. A promise of revenge. Returning to court to find his father murdered and his mother married to the murderer, Hamlet faces a terrible dilemma. This is Shakespeare's great tragedy of passion, corruption and revenge.

Rob Icke's acclaimed adaptation of Shakespeare's most famous play originally ran at London's Almeida Theatre before transferring to the West End. This revised and updated edition was published to coincide with the run at New York's Park Armory in summer 2022.

About the Author

Robert Icke is a writer and director. His recent productions include Children of Nora, Oedipus (ITA) and The Doctor (West End, Almeida). His other work at the Almeida includes adapting and directing The Wild Duck, Mary Stuart (also West End and national tour), Uncle Vanya, Oresteia (also West End) and 1984 (co-created with Duncan Macmillan, also Broadway, West End, national and international tours). As director, his other productions include Hamlet (also West End and screened on BBC2), The Fever and Mr Burns. www.roberticke.com

Product Details
ISBN: 9781350354593
ISBN-10: 1350354597
Publisher: Methuen Drama
Publication Date: September 1st, 2022
Pages: 144
Language: English
Series: Modern Plays