Already closed | 3h 20m | East Village

Hamlet (Classic Stage Company)

From 121 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Clever, Ambitious, Entertaining

About the show

Peter Sarsgaard stars in a Classic Stage Company production that explores one of William Shakespeare's most profound works. More…

"To be, or not to be? That is the question." Generation after generation of great actors have gone on to give their own unique and personal answer to Hamlet's most famous query. Actor Peter Sarsgaard reunites with director Austin Pendleton for a new contemporary take on this timeless classic.

3h 20m | Already closed | Classic Stage Company (East Village)

Member Reviews (121)


Great acting, Absorbing, Clever, Ambitious, Entertaining
Avg Score

Great acting, Epic, Great writing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you've never seen Hamlet.

Don't see it if you're not a fan of Shakespeare.

Ambitious, Dizzying, Edgy, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see a strong directorial vision applied to "Hamlet" or you wish to see a tour de force performance by Oscar Isaac as the Dane.

Don't see it if You don't like to see a director mess with Hamlet as typically staged.

Confusing, Epic, Intense, Profound, Ambitious

See it if you like shakespeare and great actors

Don't see it if you don't dig the bard

Banal, Disappointing, Excruciating, Insipid, Slow

See it if Don't see it. It was one of the worst Hamlets I've ever seen.

Don't see it if You like Shakespeare. It was slow and didn't do justice...

Absorbing, Resonant, Riveting, Masterful, Intelligent

See it if you dig Shakespeare. It is his seminal piece of literature and worth seeing just for the "To be or not to be" monologue.

Don't see it if If you don't understand Shakespeare. If you get confused or focused on the language used you should try it anyway though.

Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Absorbing, Delightful

See it if you want to see strong performances by the entire cast.

Don't see it if you don't want to see an abridged version of Hamlet.

Ambitious, Slow, Confusing

See it if you love Hamlet and want to see an interesting (yet slightly confusing) modernized staging in an intimate space.

Don't see it if you have high hopes for Hamlet (the character) as this one does not live up to expectations.

Clever, Ambitious, Edgy, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if See at the Globe in London; by far the best of the bard. Hamlet is such an intriguing character, literally took my breath away

Don't see it if At least try it out once. Shakespearean speech might not be your "thing" but Hamlet certainly will be!

Clever, Profound, Thought-provoking, Intense, Intelligent

See it if You know what it feels like to be lost and morally disoriented in a superficial world.

Don't see it if Shakespeare isn't your thing.

Clever, Absorbing, Great staging, Intelligent, Riveting

See it if you love shakespeare, death and drama

Don't see it if you don't like shows with lots of words and that have to make you think


See it if You can understand Shakespeare's language

Don't see it if You don't understand old English

Edgy, Ambitious, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if You delight in hearing the spoken word of Shakespeare.

Don't see it if You do not have any background as to what the story is about.

Clever, Dated, Great writing, Must see, Intense

See it if You want to see an angsty Danish prince talk about suicide.

Don't see it if You can't stand Shakespeare.

Ambitious, Confusing

See it if Love Shakespeare

Don't see it if Want lots of bells and whistles

Ambitious, Edgy, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you have read the play.

Don't see it if you haven't read the play.

Thought-provoking, Profound, Must see, Masterful, Entertaining

See it if You like to see true artistry.

Don't see it if You don't understand art.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Profound

See it if You love Shakespeare. Great staging Ana performances.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy the classics.

Intelligent, Great acting

See it if you a Shakespeare fan.

Don't see it if you are not a Shakespeare fan, or if Hamlet is one of your favorite stories because this one might not live up to your expectations.

Confusing, Intense, Slow

See it if you enjoy Shakespeare and modern renditions of Shakespeare's work.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of Shakespeare.

Great writing, Great acting, Epic

See it if always see Hamlet!

Don't see it if If you have seen it like, 16 times, you are exempt.

Great staging, Great writing, Relevant, Must see, Profound

See it if You love Shakespeare's works.

Don't see it if You don't like the classics.

Great acting, Intelligent, Intense, Slow, Dated

See it if You enjoy the classic play and want to enjoy it just like that. The acting is great.

Don't see it if You want something fresh.

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Ambitious, Refreshing

See it if Everyone's done Hamlet now a days, but you've never seen Hamlet quiet like this!

Don't see it if You hate great literature and classic british theatre.

Ambitious, Absorbing, Great staging, Edgy, Great acting

See it if You don't mind a petulant lead who makes bad choices.

Don't see it if You mind a petulant lead who makes bad choices.

Epic, Thought-provoking, Cliched

See it if Good show if you love a classic shakesphere play that throws you for a world wind question what gonna come yet

Don't see it if If you not a fan of old English language

April 15th, 2015
"The concept behind this stylish-looking modern-dress production directed by Austin Pendleton essentially presents the action as a long dramatic hangover after the wedding celebrations for Claudius and Gertrude...Unfortunately, by the end of this respectable but sluggish production, which runs ov...
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April 16th, 2015
"The less said about this current production of Hamlet, the better...Sarsgaard, whether by his own purpose or pushed by the director, plays Hamlet as dim of wit and halting of speech. There’s no depth of feeling between him and Horatio, let alone his mom or Ophelia. It’s all so languorous and slo...
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April 15th, 2015
"The least you can say about Peter Sarsgaard’s performance as Shakespeare’s vengeful prince is that it’s fully committed — in every sense of the word. The Hamlet he portrays in Austin Pendleton’s modern-dress production isn’t so much melancholy as mentally unbalanced and likely delusional...he pr...
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April 15th, 2015
"Something’s rotten in Denmark — and it’s the Classic Stage Company’s anemic and dour version of “Hamlet.”...The acting throughout is as pale and monochromatic as the white floral canopy hovering over guests...Polonius is overdressed and bored in a morning coat, as though he was expecting a snazz...
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