Loved it! I am a big fan of Jonathan Goad, so I was predisposed to be positive. But I loved the energy and the humour in this production. Goad was charming even in his madness, but always believable as a young man in distress.
The “Get thee to a nunnery scene” was the best I have ever seen. The two actors were angry, unhappy and in love all at the same time. The movement as they came together, thrust apart and came back together was just superb. Adrienne Gould was at her best from this point on.
Tom Rooney was the best Polonius I have seen. Funny and sad all at the same time. Loyal to his King, concerned for his children, just like fathers everywhere, and caught in a trap he did not foresee.
The only jarring note for me came at the end, when Horatio gave the speech about his Sweet Prince. I had not seen Hamlet as a noble prince, but rather as a man wrestling with his demons so it seemed odd other him praised as a noble prince.
Geraint Wynn Davies was a very believable Claudius, although the costumes she wore made it harder for Seana McKenna to portray the passionate Queen. In fact, it took a while until I finally recognized her voice, before I realized who was playing the Queen.
One of the parts of this play that I generally do not like is the section with the Players. In this production, things worked extremely well. Juan Chioran was superb, and the action moved quickly without seeming rushed or even edited.
Overall, I loved this production and hope to see it again later in the season.