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Hamlet, the First Quarto
Midtown W

Hamlet, the First Quarto NYC Reviews and Tickets

(12 Reviews)
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Ambitious, Absorbing, Original, Entertaining, Quirky

About the Show

Bad Quarto Productions presents the earliest printed version of Shakespeare's 'Hamlet,' which is shorter, faster paced, and more action packed than its more famous successors.

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Dreadful, Amateurish;, Strained acting

See it if you'd enjoy a loud, grimacing, ham-fisted frat boy playing the greatest role ever written for the stage with absolutely zero finesse

Don't see it if just don't see it, that's all. If you have any respect at all for this play, just DON'T..

Heaartfelt, Impressive, Straight-up, Creative, Refreshing

See it if You love Shakespeare and his fans. This young group honors the text and delivers a few fine (and the rest capable) performances.

Don't see it if You dislike Shakespeare OR small-space performances where you sometimes have to shift your chair so the players can work around you.

Critic Reviews (3)

April 2nd, 2016

"The cast as a whole projects high energy...This is not necessarily the best production of 'Hamlet' you will ever see. The quality of the acting varies, there are occasional flubbed lines, and the shoestring budget shows. But the spirited performances and the company's commitment to giving us a version of Shakespeare based on a rarely produced early manuscript make it well worth the visit."
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"The Bad Quarto 'Hamlet' is just...bad...The question, then, is whether this almost-impossible-to-enjoy play should be performed at all. And if so, by whom? This company is fresh and young, but not yet highly proficient, so the performance is even harder to swallow...It’s too bad that this effusive ensemble has put in so much time on a not-enjoyable version of one of the great plays of all time."
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April 7th, 2016

"These people have good intentions. But there’s not much else besides that to commend it...Bad Quarto staging the unfinished product is an interesting decision, but not especially engaging. There really isn’t much to the presentation beyond a mild academic curiosity...Everything about this show felt weightless and rushed...There isn’t anything to commend this production."
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