The Drilling Company opens the Bryant Park Picnic Performances series with "Hamlet: Princess of Denmark," the company's gender-shifted twist on the legendary play. More…
While many women have played the character of Hamlet throughout theatrical history, rarely have they played Hamlet as a woman. The Drilling Company production features Jane Bradley in the role of a truly female Hamlet, the woman whose succession was neglected when her less qualified uncle seizes power. This production also features a female Polonius (Polonia) and female Horatio, Rosencrantz, Guildenstern and Gravedigger. The director's goal is not merely to showcase actresses in the great roles of Shakespeare, but to explore what happens within the story of Hamlet when feminine power is a defining force. Might a woman Hamlet have been a greater leader?
See it if You want a female twist on Shakespeare. Like remastered classics.
Don't see it if You prefer a male version of hamlet. You prefer Shakespeare pure.
See it if You want to see the magic that is a play performed outside in NYC.
Don't see it if You expect more of a twist on the story. I felt a bit more could have been done/played with since Hamlet was a princess instead of a prince.