The second rep offering by SW Shakespeare was a competent production with a very good Hamlet. Michael Roush is definitely worth watching. His Hamlet was charming, funny and tragic. He speaks clearly and with passion. The director, Richard Corley, had apparently decided that almost all dialogue was to be directed to the audience, rather than to the other actors, which gave an oratorical flair to the production, but did make it easy to hear the words. Hamlet managed to do this while still appearing to be engaged in a dialogue. The rest of the cast were less successful at it. the play was effectively edited to come in under three hours, but we did have the impression that at least one speech was left intact so that Harold Dixon, who played the Ghost and the Gravedigger, could have some more lines. This was not great theatre, but it was an enjoyable evening.


About cathyriggall

Theatre junkie, who thinks live theatre is the ultimate form of living on the edge. You never know what will happen when an actor steps on the stage.
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