Hamlet (Public Theater 2023)
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Hamlet (Public Theater 2023)

Hamlet (Public Theater 2023) NYC Reviews and Tickets

(198 Ratings)
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Absorbing, Ambitious, Entertaining, Great acting, Clever

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Free Shakespeare in the Park returns with a modern day production of Shakespeare's tragic classic.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (198)

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74 Reviews | 10 Followers
Ambitious, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a very accessible Shakespeare production. Brilliant on so many levels.

Don't see it if You absolutely loathe Shakespeare.

573 Reviews | 142 Followers
Refreshing, Must see, Masterful, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you want to see Hamlet done the way it should be done

Don't see it if you want 19th and 20th century Hamlet (hint: it was written on the transition to the 17th century) Read more

99 Reviews | 23 Followers
Riveting, Intense, Faithful, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a Shakespearean play the way Shakespeare intended it (other than a modern analogy suggested by the set).

Don't see it if you are hoping for a modern reimagining that diverts from the source material to ask thoughtful questions about today (like Fat Ham) Read more

72 Reviews | 15 Followers
Relevant, Great singing, Great acting

See it if You enjoy Shakespeare and don't mind updated settings.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy being outdoors.

93 Reviews | 17 Followers
Riveting, Must see, Great staging, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You like modern versions of classic Shakespeare plays. Kenny Leon is a brilliant director, and this is set in modern day.

Don't see it if You want to see the typical period costumes and sets normally associated with Shakespeare.

50 Reviews | 18 Followers
Characterful, Well staged, Trimmed of politics, Beautifully spoken, Action-packed

See it if you're happy to see Shakespeare brought to life, even if reduced to two and a half hours. Or if you're new to Shakespeare.

Don't see it if you're a purist and stricken to notice a classic line omitted (Hecuba) and a farewell disastrously rewritten (Claudius's farewell to R&G). Read more

95 Reviews | 20 Followers
Contemporary hamlet

See it if Great acting throughout, and well directed. After last season with varied levels of performance on stage, this was very welcome.

Don't see it if It's Hamlet, so it's long. They are also in contemporary dress. Read more

53 Reviews | 2 Followers
Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if You like Shakespeare in the park

Don't see it if You have a short attention span

Critic Reviews (18)

The New York Times
June 28th, 2023

“This ‘Hamlet’ has been placed in a frame that doesn’t match what the production actually delivers, leaving me glad to have seen it but wishing for something more congruent.”
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Time Out New York
June 29th, 2023

"4/5 Stars! "Leon's take on the classic...is set squarely in today's tumultuous America; if it’s not entirely convincing, it feels urgently contemporary...A trio of superb actors keeps it compelling...This Hamlet may not rip your heart out, but gets in your head."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
June 28th, 2023

“Although led by an able Ato Blankson-Wood, this is a ‘Hamlet’ that, like its main character, can’t make up its mind about what it wants to say or do.”
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The Wall Street Journal
June 29th, 2023

“Ato Blankson-Wood, in the title role of ‘Hamlet,’... A quietly charismatic actor who easily commands attention, he delivers Hamlet’s famous soliloquies directly to the audience, his piercing eyes almost defying you to look away. ”
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The Observer
June 28th, 2023

“...the infusion of fresh musical styles are welcome, lively touches, but can’t make up for a staging that feels undercooked. It may not be as rotten as the state of Denmark, but the time is definitely out of joint.”
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New York Theatre Guide
June 29th, 2023

“Director Kenny Leon doesn't unearth much new insight into this story from the modern setting, however, instead electing to stage a fairly run-of-the-mill ‘Hamlet’ that happens to be in contemporary dress and feature (truly beautiful) gospel and rap music to ground this production in Black culture.”
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June 28th, 2023

“In fact, seen simply as a straight interpretation of ‘Hamlet,’ Leon’s production generally delivers the goods, in large part because of the performers...Even if it promises more than it delivers, this ‘Hamlet’ still offers the considerable pleasures of seeing Shakespeare done in trustworthy, reliable, and sometimes inspired hands.”
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Lighting & Sound America
June 28th, 2023

"Ato Blankson-Wood -- a polished, technically skilled actor -- has his moments…but the actor never gets past his character's surface disaffection; whenever it looks like he might break through to a deeper, more probing anguish, he skitters off in another direction. It's not an unintelligent performance, but it is surprisingly unfelt, leaving the production without a center. When Claudius and Gertrude appear to be the central characters in Hamlet, something really is off in the state of Denmark."
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