Every generation feels the irresistible compulsion to attempt to stage this, the greatest play by the greatest playwright. Then, when we try, we’re haunted by the ghosts of past Hamlets: Olivier, Gielgud… Roxburgh. Every new production becomes a strange mirror of the play itself: a new Hamlet encounters the ghost of an old Hamlet and puts on a play in order to find out how to really become Hamlet. It takes the perfect combination of director and leading man to tackle this perennial conundrum – to face up to the ghosts and plunge into the thing itself with clear eyes.
Director Simon Stone is ruthless and visionary in his pursuit of the essential in a text; Toby Schmitz…. and Ewen Leslie… are a couple of the best actors of their generation: quick, droll and fiendishly sharp. Hamlet is the natural next step in the theatrical partnership of these actors and this director. They are joined by a cast of masters.
By William Shakespeare
Director Simon Stone
Set Designer Ralph Myers
Costume Designer Mel Page
Lighting Designer Benjamin Cisterne
Composer & Sound Designer Stefan Gregory
Stage Manager Eva Tandy
Assistant Stage Manager Angharad Lindley
This Hamlet is so anguished that for a while at the beginning we feel like shaking him and saying “get over it” but Schmitz’s virtuoso performance soon takes us beyond that.John McCallum | The Australian
While sometimes it feels as though Hamlet has little new left to offer, Belvoir makes it fresh again.Polly Simons | The Daily Telegraph
This is thrilling, exhilarating theatre.Jodi McAllister | Australian Stage
A compulsively watchable production…Jason Blake | The Sydney Morning Herald