Hamlet (Park Avenue Armory)
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Hamlet (Park Avenue Armory)
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Hamlet (Park Avenue Armory) NYC Reviews and Tickets

84%
(115 Reviews)
Positive
91%
Mixed
7%
Negative
2%
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Great acting, Great staging, Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever

Alex Lawther stars in director Robert Icke's acclaimed production of Shakespeare's tragedy.

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Member Reviews (115)

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909 Reviews | 924 Followers
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Banal sets, Unispired, Long, Very slow

See it if you wanna try a modern costume/setting Shakespeare.

Don't see it if Hamlet speaks so slowly that you can't help but wonder if her's trying to remember his lines. Weird direction on that. Overall lackluster

885 Reviews | 1014 Followers
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Long, Disappointing, Slow, Great staging

See it if You want to see a modern production of Hamlet with the original language.

Don't see it if I wish it had been shorter. It’s slow & 4 hours is too long. Handfuls of people left in the middle of 1st act. More at intermission. Read more

1007 Reviews | 413 Followers
96
Riveting, Magnificent, Must see, Refreshing, Exquisite

See it if You want to experience Hamlet like you’ve never experienced it before. Fresh, modern, breathtaking! Great acting! Brilliant staging!

Don't see it if At just under 4 hours it may seem daunting. Don’t let the length deter you. Every minute was worth it. If you’re a purist brace yourself. Read more

1054 Reviews | 258 Followers
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Great staging, Exquisite, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if This Hamlet is long but excellent. Great direction, staging and acting. Must see!

Don't see it if It is long. If you do not like modern made Shakespeare

871 Reviews | 251 Followers
92
Exquisite, Masterful, Great acting, Great staging, Riveting

See it if you'd like to enjoy a new staging with clear sound, well-directed on a dazzling set with great multimedia to enhance your understanding.

Don't see it if you are a Shakespeare purist or do not like grand scale productions that last nearly 4 hours.

754 Reviews | 124 Followers
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Occasional astoundingly effective, Slow, Indulgent, Uneven performances, Flat affectation

See it if you enjoy tightly controlled theatricals where every nuance from the Danish modern furniture to the zombie prom ending has multiple meanings

Don't see it if you are expecting the Hamlet you studied in school. Many audience members left during the intermissions.

708 Reviews | 156 Followers
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Great staging, Great acting, Clever, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if for unique take on a sleek but long Hamlet, excellent performances by mostly British cast esp. Alex Lawther in title role, exciting staging

Don't see it if lengthy plays, have difficulty with Shakespearean language, don't like suggestive setting, having to listen

646 Reviews | 280 Followers
87
Director puts stamp on, One of will's iconic tragedies

See it if brings out gorgeous, profound language in H's speeches, amorous relationship mother/uncle; fine cast w most fully realized Polonius/P. Wight

Don't see it if much of director Icke’s stagecraft enhances but some misfires Read more

Critic Reviews (13)

The New York Times
June 30th, 2022

"'Hamlet' is one of the Shakespeare plays that most suffers from diminishing returns — adaptations that try too hard to innovate, to render a classic modern and hip. Though Icke’s protracted production occasionally falls into that trap, ultimately the creative team’s visual and technical prowess — along with its provocative young lead — make this a tale of musing, mania and murder for our age."
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Time Out New York
July 1st, 2022

"4/5 Stars! With perennial troubled-youth portrayer Alex Lawther as the great Dane, Shakespeare's ghost story becomes an unsettlingly contemporary tale of insurmountable and all-consuming grief... In Lawther's tormented performance, familiar soliloquies take on fresh urgency...Lawther's audacious turn makes up for the production's longueurs."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
June 30th, 2022

"For nearly all of the production’s three hours and 45 minutes, this sort of sound insists on reminding us that 'something is rotten in the state of Denmark,' hammering a nail that has long since been walloped flush."
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The Wall Street Journal
July 7th, 2022

"Ultimately the effectiveness of any 'Hamlet' must reside with the actor playing the title role, and here the results are mixed. As noted, Mr. Lawther’s Hamlet is an antic brat in the early acts, and his recital of the verse largely fails to transmit its lyrical beauty. But by the end of the play, notably in the graveside scene, Hamlet seems to have grown before our eyes to emotional and intellectual maturity."
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Theatermania
June 29th, 2022

"Lucid interpretations of the text and committed performances support a strong directorial vision, which situates itself at the newsworthy intersection of mental health and firearms. Icke's Hamlet would seem to have everything going for it — so why does it feel like such a slog?"
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Lighting & Sound America
June 30th, 2022

This is an up-to-the-minute Hamlet, cool to the touch but roiling with powerful emotions hidden behind an engineered façade of propriety.
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Talkin' Broadway
July 3rd, 2022

"This is a production that mixes art with artifice, with an overlay of quirky design elements that, even when they clash with the onstage action, rarely fail to engage."
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New York Stage Review
June 29th, 2022

"To be or not to be an exhilarating, respectful Hamlet, that’s the question improperly answered through the tragedy’s reappearance. “Remember me,” the Ghost exhorts. Not this time."
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