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Hamlet (Mobile Shakespeare Unit)

From 32 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Entertaining, Intense, Great staging

About the show

The Public Theater’s Mobile Shakespeare Unit presents a streamlined version of the Bard's famous tragedy starring Olivier Award winner Chukwudi Iwuji.  More…

Iwuji ('Henry VI Trilogy,' 'King Lear' at The Public) plays the anguished Prince of Denmark who is confronted at every turn with a poisonous power structure that's robbed him of his father, and forever darkened his understanding of the world. Patricia McGregor ('Hurt Village,' 'Ugly Lies the Bone') directs this bold take on Shakespeare's immortal tale about family, deceit, and the explosive consequences of unchecked corruption. The production tours to local community centers, prisons, and homeless shelters before ending its run at the Public.

Member Reviews (32)


Great acting, Absorbing, Entertaining, Intense, Great staging
Avg Score

Ambitious, Funny, Intense, Intelligent, Riveting

See it if you know Hamlet and are open to a new take. The emotional core is powerful, but much material is cut. Iwuji (RSC trained) is great. Intense.

Don't see it if you hate WS abridgement, but I love the Mobile Unit productions. Not all the actors shone, but Iwuji did. The time flew by; no boredom.

Great acting, Engaging, Confusing, Great staging, Inconsistent

See it if you want to see some really exciting performances, particularly by Kristolyn Lloyd and Christian DeMarais.

Don't see it if you struggle with Shakespeare when the production doesn't make it a point to help you with the language.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Riveting, Intelligent

See it if You do not mind an abridged version of a classic Shakespeare play performed by actors in modern dress. Many familiar soliloquies included.

Don't see it if You are a classicist. Hate muti-roles Need elaborate sets Cannot sit for a continuous 1 hour 45 minutes

Also Chukwudi Iwuji is a passionate and fierce Hamlet. Director MacGregor i... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Great acting, Intense, Profound, Long

See it if You enjoy Shakespeare and the always talented Mobile Shakespeare crew. The acting is superb, the story classic. Only downside was the length

Don't see it if You are used to the MSU making Shakespeare manageable. Hamlet is a long play, and it still felt long even performed by the MSU.

Modern, exciting, abbreviated production with brilliant central performance

See it if You like to see Shakespeare done anew. Chukwudi Iwuji is mesmerizing with so many colors I was constantly surprised. He is 100.

Don't see it if you are too distracted by others in the scene overacting, you dont like your Shakespeare sprinkled with rap, and song.

Also Daniel Pearce was perfection as the grave digger and effective in seve... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Great acting, Clever, Refreshing, Riveting

See it if you want to see how a Classic can be updated and abridged without losing it's relevance or importance.

Don't see it if only if you must experience Shakespeare in it's purest form.

Absorbing, Great writing, Refreshing

See it if You want to see a modern take on the classics that works

Don't see it if You are a Shakespeare purist

Refreshing, Sharp

See it if You want a well abridged version of Hamlet with some smart choices and clear connection to today (+ excellent Polonius).

Don't see it if You're annoyed by shouty actors. You dislike theatre in the round staging that isn't always attentive to sight lines.

Relevant, Ambitious, Great acting, Highly edited

See it if If you enjoy Hamlet pared down to focus on the main plot, with excellent actors working to enhancing comprehension thru gesture & expression

Don't see it if You only like Shakespeare classically staged, or dislike massive edits and textual changes.

Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful, Must see, Profound

See it if You want to see a great performance of Hamlet w/ a cast that really put their heart into the piece. Great cast, modern take but same verbage

Don't see it if You expect fancy set or costumes, expect the usual pace of Hamlet.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Ambitious, Profound

See it if you want an efficient, judiciously edited, and wonderfully acted and staged Hamlet. Marvelously intimate and highly accessible. AND $20.

Don't see it if you've seen too many versions, hate any cuts to the play, or need to see elaborate sets & costumes.

Energetic, Creatve, Well-trimmed

See it if You want to see an energetic Hamlet done in a creative, fast-moving style. Not a lot of nuance here, though.

Don't see it if If you prefer your Danes on the quiet, introspective side and taking a languorous pace. This is rat-tat-tat.

Great acting, Masterful, Intense, Resonant, Riveting

See it if you'd like a highly physical, passionate, intensely well-acted (Iwuji and Lloyd!) and diverse Hamlet that's been edited to its dramatic core

Don't see it if you don't like small theater, think you have to spend a lot to get a lot, or hate the Public (JK, no one hates the Public)

Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging

See it if if you love Shakespeare and enjoy shorter or innovative presentations of these Elizabethan plays

Don't see it if if ghosts scare you

Clever, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you enjoy an 'energetic' shakespeare performed by a vibrant and talented cast employing clever staging.

Don't see it if you like your shakespeare w/o taking any liberties to the script and staging.

Clever, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if You love Shakespeare and creative well acted productions of it!

Don't see it if small scale theater isn't your thing.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Clever

See it if You like Shakespeare and are familiar with Hamlet, as much of the text is cut. You want a modern telling of the show

Don't see it if You are unfamiliar with Shakespeare or want the play to stay true to its original form

Absorbing, Intense, Edgy, Riveting, Thought-provoking

See it if Want to see a raw modern production of a classic. You relish interacting with the actors and feeling as if you're not just a bystander.

Don't see it if Are a purist. Hate when an actor looks you in the eye. Do not like goosebumps.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent, Masterful

See it if You like understated and straightforward interpretations of classic Shakespeare plays with great acting and minimal staging.

Don't see it if You like musicals or comedies and most definitely if you're not a fan of Shakespeare.

Absorbing, Great staging, Masterful, Thought-provoking

See it if You want a muscular, intelligent take on a classic. The Hamlet and Ophelia, in particular, gave us something new to see in this production

Don't see it if A lean cut of Shakespeare offends you. It's tight...If you don't want your classics to speak to current events. This one is quite topical.

Passionate, visceral, powerful and thoroughly engaging

See it if You love passionate, fiery acting, shakespeare's relevance to today, engaging captivating intimacy of staging and thought-provoking theater

Don't see it if You don't like powerful theater, or shakespeare, don't like theater in the round, don't want to be moved or provoked to think

Also This was the most astonishing evening of theater I've seen in a long t... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Indulgent, Must see, Thought-provoking, Masterful

See it if Love Shakespeare. The Mobile unit does a fantastic job! The acting was amazing and intimate settings. Must see

Don't see it if Don't like Shakespeare

Absorbing, Edgy, Epic, Great staging, Relevant

See it if you wanna see a Hamlet for all, with no artifice or self-consciousness whatsoever

Don't see it if you think Hamlet can only be done on a proscenium stage by older adults

Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Masterful, Must see

See it if You like all things Shakespeare

Don't see it if You don't

Ambitious, Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if You are interested in Shakespeare, love Hamlet and are open minded and willing to think about new interpretations of the themes.

Don't see it if You can't accept Hamlet infused with modern culture and are not open to any changes in or paring down of the text

September 23rd, 2016
"Purists may squawk, but many a time-pressed theatergoer can appreciate a smartly condensed Shakespeare play...Certain performers, such as Royal Shakespeare Company vet Chukwudi Iwuji in the title role, are highly effective; others appear randomly recruited and out of their depth...Iwuji is worth...
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September 22nd, 2016
"'Hamlet' boasts outstanding performances and an intelligently pared-down version of Shakespeare's longest play that speaks frankly to the rottenness of our time...Performed in the round with a simple, efficient set, this production pulls the play out of the past...Iwuji is in charge the rest of ...
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September 23rd, 2016
"While the Black Lives Matter movement is never directly addressed, Iwuji's captivating performance as the prince reflects the evolution of emotions when feelings of being helpless to combat the power of authority grow into a passion to topple the system...With a fuller text, McGregor might have ...
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September 22nd, 2016
"'Hamlet' holds together well enough as a lean-and-mean story of familial intrigue, and for those who have no other easy access to the play, it's no challenge to imagine many a worse one. But for veterans, what you get doesn't compensate for what you lose. The societal and political context that ...
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