This production of Hamlet was part of the National Theatre Live series – not as good as being there, but better than not seeing it at all.
This is the best live production of Hamlet that I have ever seen. Referred to in the reviews as Hamlet in a hoody, the modern dress production is more than just modern clothing. It is a completely modern feeliing production. Not once did I have the feeling I was watching a 400 year old play. Nicholas Hytner has done a brilliant job of bringing the production alive without losing anything in the text. He was so fortunate to have chosen Rory Kinnear as Hamlet – he gave an absolutely brilliant performance. Hamlet was a person, not a character or worse a caricature as he so often is. The rest of the cast were very strong especially Patrick Malahide as Claudius and David Calder as Polonius.
The staging was great, although it perhaps would have been better seen live, rather than through the camera. I particularly liked the way the sequence with the Players was handled – it actually added to the production rather than dragging it out as it so often can.
The more times I see this play, the more I see in it. This may be becuase it is so long it is hard to focus on everything all the time, but I do regularly notice new things in every production.