Already closed | 1h 40m | Midtown W

Hamlet. A Version

From 5 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Great staging, Absorbing, Clever, Ambitious

About the show

Red Lab Productions and Roust Theatre Company's take on Shakespeare's tragedy shifts the focus from the title character to the intrigue, opportunism, and political scheming of a burgeoning police state. More…

This starkly realized new world order—insidiously ushered in by murderous and destabilizing tactics—provides a whole new meaning to the phrase ‘something is rotten in the state of Denmark.’ From a curiously flat-footed Hamlet and a self-aggrandizing ‘Polonius the First,' to the questionable death of the old king and a torrid affair between Gertrude and Claudius, Boris Akunin’s 'Hamlet: a Version' provides a radically prescient perspective on a contemporary political issue: How to eradicate the old to make way for the new.

1h 40m | Already closed | Theatre at St. Clement's (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (5)


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

Great acting, Ambitious, Disappointing, Clever, Entertaining

See it if You want to see a play that rewrites Hamlet. Shakespeare has nothing to worry about.

Don't see it if You think there is no need to alter Hamlet.

Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you don't have a preconceived notion of what Hamlet should look like on stage; you like your Shakespeare to be entertaining and accessible.

Don't see it if you want to hear the original text - this isn't that, which is to this production's benefit imho but YMMV.

Also Overall, I found this remarkably successful. As far as I understand, t... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Clever

See it if like alternative history or detective novels. The show is worthy and only 1h 40min and $18 so perfect for an affordable night out

Don't see it if think Shakespeare is sacred. You don't like CG scenery.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Masterful, Profound

See it if It is like no other play running in NYC now. It is a fresh, compelling take on HAMLET. A gorgeous production.

Don't see it if There's no reason not to see it. Check it out before it closes.

Absorbing, Enchanting, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if The production is a great combination of traditional theater and technical innovation.

Don't see it if You don't like theater. :-)

April 26th, 2017
"At 100 minutes, there is little plumbing of Hamlet’s psyche in this exceedingly handsome, surface-skimming production...The play flits quickly from one scene to the next like a 'Hamlet' highlights reel. For Mr. Akunin’s witty variation to work, the performances need to have some depth, yet Horat...
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April 28th, 2017
"Striking presentational elements, terrific direction, fine performances and an interesting concept all make 'Hamlet. A Version' moderately entertaining...The English translation is problematic...It’s rather stilted. Without much verbal grandeur there’s a prevalent flatness...Director Irina Gache...
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April 27th, 2017
"Unfortunately, the design takes one step beyond the text, making a big reveal in the end rather disappointing. Throughout the show, a cast of nine fine actors seem unsure of what they are doing...As a theatrical event, 'Hamlet. A Version,' is an undercooked dish. But the ambitious and fresh inte...
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May 4th, 2017
"Akunin has committed the cardinal sin in the world of Shakespeare: he has not only significantly altered the story line of arguably the greatest play ever written, but he has added his own words!...This is the most shocking and ill-conceived production that makes use of the hallowed name of Haml...
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