Hamlet (Public Theater)
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Hamlet (Public Theater)
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Hamlet (Public Theater) NYC Reviews and Tickets

82%
(140 Ratings)
Positive
87%
Mixed
12%
Negative
1%
Members say
Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing, Clever, Great staging

About the Show

Oscar Isaac ('Star Wars: The Force Awakens,' 'Inside Llewyn Davis') returns to The Public for this intimate new production of Shakespeare’s eternal drama.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (140)

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89 Reviews | 10 Followers
100
Great acting, Intense, Must see, Riveting, Masterful

See it if You're looking for an amazing work performed to perfection.

Don't see it if You don't like Shakespeare???

290 Reviews | 92 Followers
100
Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Must see

See it if You want a whole new take on Hamlet by an astounding, masterful cast. Oscar!!!! Wow!!!!

Don't see it if See it. It's only around a few more days...

123 Reviews | 57 Followers
100
Ambitious, Great acting, Intense, Must see, Great staging

See it if An intimate, ingeniously staged, fearlessly acted version of probably the finest play ever written. Oscar Isaac + Sam Gold are a dream team.

Don't see it if It's very sold out so. That would be a reason. No period costumes, no epic set. Don't expect Elizabethan grandeur. It's Hamlet in a hoodie.

HLS
80 Reviews | 18 Followers
99
Great acting, Masterful, Riveting, Epic, Intense

See it if you want to see a brilliantly directed and acted production of one of the all-time great plays. Ingenious, exhausting and so satisfying.

Don't see it if you can't sit through 3.5-4 hours. Or can't get tickets (it's very sold out). Read more

271 Reviews | 47 Followers
98
Great staging, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Great writing, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy the 'Sam Gold' treatment to classic revivals, especially this adventurous take on Shakespeare's most famous work led by Issac.

Don't see it if you do not enjoy Sam Gold's work, or need more grandeur in your epic classics.

67 Reviews | 12 Followers
96
Clever, Masterful, Quirky, Epic, Great staging

See it if you enjoy smart, contemporary yet faithful interpretations of Shkspr. Cast is superb. A lot of surprisingly funny moments. 4hrs goes by fast

Don't see it if you aren't into Shkpr plays at all. It's a long piece, so be prepared for that. Don't expect big set changes or elaborate costumes.

87 Reviews | 31 Followers
95
Absorbing, Exquisite, Edgy, Great acting, Dizzying

See it if You want to see the most unique production of HAMLET. Oscar Issac is incredible.

Don't see it if You don't like minimalist, stripped-down productions of classic works.

155 Reviews | 26 Followers
95
Edgy, Great acting, Great staging, Intense, Masterful

See it if A must-see; it will take you over.

Don't see it if The four-hour run-time is not for the faint of heart.

Critic Reviews (37)

The New York Times
July 13th, 2017

"A gloriously involving new production...The show’s intimidating four hours pass as quickly as a night at a bar with some of the best storytellers you’ve ever met...The troubled relationships of the extended family of Elsinore have rarely read so clearly or affectingly...The nine actors in the ensemble deliver such a completely inhabited performance that I didn’t feel restless, as I usually do, when Hamlet wasn’t around...Some interpolations give pause."
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Time Out New York
July 13th, 2017

"Gold’s 'Hamlet' forsakes grandeur in favor of small moments of clarity. Its focus is on theatricality, comedy and language...'Hamlet' features some wonderfully vivid performances: from Isaac, who gives Hamlet a sometimes ruthless charm; but also from the superb Peter Friedman and Ritchie Coster...The production occasionally gets muddy...If this 'Hamlet' is rarely emotionally moving, it is never less than engaging."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
July 17th, 2017

“Disarmingly brilliant…This ‘Hamlet’ engages us in a game that makes us contemplate the very nature of performing…The heart of Gold’s production — and its genius — lies in its obsession with the paradox of the Honest Performance…Isaac, at once mischievous and deeply soulful, is exceedingly good…It is the mark of a deeply intelligent production when it makes you hear anew a work encrusted with so many barnacles of historical, literary, and theatrical precedent.”
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The Wall Street Journal
July 13th, 2017

"If it isn’t exactly my kind of 'Hamlet,' it’s still exciting in its own up-close-and-personal way...Isaac's interpretation is singularly intelligent—every line reading is fresh and spontaneous—and to see and hear him in the close quarters of the Anspacher Theater is to be caught up anew in the burning immediacy of the moment...Mr. Gold’s staging, a few too-clever touches notwithstanding, serves the text rather than obscuring it...All in all, his 'Hamlet' is much more than satisfying."
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Deadline
July 13th, 2017

"Several fine performances sparkling through a muddy and incomprehensibly vulgar reading...The performances evidence a cast at sea, compounded by doubling and tripling of roles that makes the plot confusing, not to say ridiculous. If that’s Gold’s intent, he has success, if not Shakespeare. But I kept waiting for an engaging, or at least interesting, point of view to emerge. I was still waiting when the time came for Fortinbras to appear as witness to the carnage at play’s end."
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New York Daily News
July 13th, 2017

"To flee or not to flee? That is the question that occurred to me during the confounding and enervating 'Hamlet'—a nearly four-hour endurance test that flops, even with a great Oscar Isaac persuasively pouring his heart out as the depressed Dane...Beyond strong work by Isaac and others in the cast, there’s so little takeaway in this staging by in-demand director Sam Gold...Alas, his 'Hamlet' goes nowhere."
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Variety
July 13th, 2017

"Isaac’s Hamlet is to die for, but director Gold’s bizarre 'Hamlet' is to shoot on sight...Gold’s hammy production...is as pointless as it is solipsistic...The Anspacher Theater is a beautiful, intimate theater with wonderful sight lines that allow you to overlook much of this directorial gimmickry and admire Isaac’s brilliant performance up close and personal...In Gold’s weirdly cast production, the rest of the performances are almost evenly divided among good, meh, and let-me-out-of-here."
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The Hollywood Reporter
July 13th, 2017

"Oscar Isaac is a sensational Hamlet...That his performance registers so effectively is an additional credit to Isaac, given how many obstacles director Sam Gold throws in his way in a gimmicky modern-dress production that often seems more WTF-perverse than audacious...I spent much of the first two acts admiring the actors but scratching my head about the director's intentions."
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