Ends Mar 08 | 3h 15m | Brooklyn

Hamlet (St Ann's Warehouse)

From 39 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Great staging, Masterful, Riveting

About the show

Academy Award nominee Ruth Negga makes her American theatrical debut as Shakespeare's beloved tragic hero. More…

From the show:

Academy Award nominee® Ruth Negga makes her “mesmerizing” American theatrical debut with a passionate, critically acclaimed portrayal, featuring an ensemble of leading Irish actors. Under Yaël Farber’s direction, focus shifts from anguish and identity to the power of resistance.

3h 15m | Ends Mar 08 | St Ann's Warehouse (Brooklyn)

Member Reviews (39)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Absorbing, Great staging, Masterful, Riveting
85
Avg Score

85
Masterful, Some subpar performances, Negga dazzles, Spectacular images, Riveting

See it if you'd like Hmlt thru new eyes. Glorious images! Negga's yg-male Hamlet is full of energy/humor. Duffin's Oph soars. Some immersive staging.

Don't see it if you want strg ensemble. Male cast disappoints. Too many males/not enough POC. But fabulous staging/Negga. Memorable. Words clearly spoken.

75
Entertaining, Old fashioned, Great diction, Great acting

See it if Great acting with surprisingly wonderfully enunciation. Hamlet played by a woman was seamless. Clever, good looking sets. Enjoyable!

Don't see it if Too traditional. Lacking in creativity or innovation.

87
Intelligent, Great acting, Clever, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if fan of Ruth Negga & how well she plays an intelligent, petulant teen, discover different approach to Hamlet very well-staged, strong support

Don't see it if you do not wish to see yet another Hamlet, do not like female actors as male characters, 3+hr. length of play & language too daunting,

84
Frequent use of heavy smoke made breathing difficult., A week later i still dont know how i feel.

See it if The only woman I ever saw play a man well was Glenda Jackson. Similarly Ruth Negga's gender never interfered with my belief she was he.

Don't see it if You want bright lights and color. You dont like Shakespeare rearranged, cut and dry. You dont like modern dress Shakespeare.

Also This production is interesting. The staging is stark, dark and atmosph... Read more Read less

90
Riveting, Must see, Great acting, Masterful, Exquisite

See it if You enjoy Shakespeare presented at it's best. Ruth Negga rocks as Hamlet

Don't see it if You are a Shakespearean purist

97
Riveting, Masterful, Great staging, Great acting, Enthralling

See it if traditional Shakespeare tragedy where title role performed masterfully; Negga performs with her whole body - eyes, face; articulates clearly

Don't see it if long at 3.5 hours.* Don't like dark minimalist staging. Don't want darkness or violence.

Also *totally mesmerizing first act where most of the dialogue/soliloquy is... Read more Read less

85
A solid, well-acted version of a classic drama, Sometimes underwhelming yet attempts edginess, Fast-paced (though long) “reduced” version, Immersive, Atmospheric

See it if a fan of William Shakespeare’s plays and/or Hamlet who must see every interpretation; want to see Ruth Negga in her American theatre debut.

Don't see it if a Shakespeare purist who wants to see the exactly-as-written play (here, the show ends on an earlier line to give Hamlet the last word).

Also A 420-year-old story, every adaptation of Hamlet has to play it safe t... Read more Read less

78
Great staging, Absorbing

See it if you like to see staged Shakespeare. It's well done, though not particularly outside the box.

Don't see it if you're not a fan of standard Shakespeare plays.

95
Must see, Intelligent, Great staging, Great acting, Funny

See it if You can be amazed that they find humor in Hamlet, don’t mind gender swaps, and are ok with 3 1/2 hours of Shakespeare. Ruth Negga astounds.

Don't see it if You need to wallow in Hamlet. In no means did they make this a comedy, but infused some moments with humor, and gave an all new Hamlet.

Also We saw an astonishing Jude Law production years ago, as well as Oscar ... Read more Read less

70
Powerful, Slow, Intelligent, Well-acted, Tragic

See it if you want to see a well-acted version of the classic Shakespearean tragedy, anchored by a strong lead performance by Ruth Negga.

Don't see it if you don't want to sit through three and a half hours of Shakespeare. The show has some strong moments, but it does drag in places.

69
Why do they think they can improve upon shakespeare?, Overrated, Slow, Disappointing

See it if you think that there is something intriguing about a woman playing Hamlet There is nothing new except unnecessary filler dialogue. Tedious

Don't see it if You are looking for either a different take on the motivation or a brilliant portrayal of the characters. There is neither here. Pedestrian

89
Great staging, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if a well-acted version of the classic Shakespearean tragedy, anchored by a great lead performance by Ruth Negga.

Don't see it if long at 3.5 hours with uncomfortable seats without arms. Don't like dark minimalist staging. and a rearranged play

Also Ruth Negga is excellent and the play is a success unlike the Glenda Ja... Read more Read less

85
Relevant, Intelligent, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You want to see an excellent nuanced actress playing a very moving, intelligent hamlet and a very good cast and staging

Don't see it if If you dont like shakespeare and hamlet in particular-an over 3 hour play - or if youve seen too many hamlets and dont want to see another

86
Challenging, Riveting, Masterful, Great staging, Great acting

See it if Ruth Negga is a revelation as Hamlet! But concept, the entire cast & staging underscore the power of a play you think you knew. Go!

Don't see it if You expect your Shakespeare done as if Shakespeare were still alive, instead of his plays.

81
Atmospheric, Indulgent, Ruth negga!

See it if you want to see a compelling portrayal of Hamlet--I loved Ruth Negga's physicality and interpretation. I enjoyed the staging and lighting.

Don't see it if you can't sit still in a semi-comfortable chair with no armrests for 3.5 hours. also, the sound design was annoying/distracting.

82
Great acting, Great staging, Exquisite, Absorbing

See it if I’ve never appreciated the Lighting n Stagings before this one, it’s simply n effectively done. R Negga is not your usual melancholy Hamlet.

Don't see it if You can’t sit through a 3-1/2 hr Play with a dark n smoky production plus lots of opening n closing of doors.

100
Great acting, Exquisite, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you want to be blown away by an amazing interpretation and direction by Yaél Farber.

Don't see it if you are a Shakespeare purist.

65
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if You want to see a luminous performance by Ruth Negga almost obscured by cluttered and cliched staging/supporting cast.

Don't see it if You want visual coherence, you don't like unnecessary sexual violence imagery that doesn't have a CW for some reason, trump imagery.

Also Farber takes a few big textual swings with staging the soliloquies as ... Read more Read less

86
Masterful, Edgy, Intense

See it if Thoroughly riveting, this production is not boring or staid for a minute.

Don't see it if You like you Hamlet 100 per cent fsithful to the text, there’s an on stage catholic class priest accepting Claudius’s confession.

99
Must see, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if No matter how many Hamlets you have seen, see this one. Hamlet and Ophelia are particularly great as is the direction and visual sense.

Don't see it if You don't like theater.

87
Intense, Masterful, Ambitious, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Ruth Negga is fantastic. The supporting cast, too, is excellent. A moving and intense 3 1/2 hours.

Don't see it if This is a 3 1/2 hour production and you have to pay attention. The accents and the language demand it. So it's not an "easy" night out.

85
Masterful, Intense, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You’re a fan of Ruth Negga and want to see a staging that brings on its own masterful atmosphere

Don't see it if You’re not a fan of modern dressed Shakespeare. Also know that it is a long evening

79
Thought-provoking, Indulgent, Great acting

See it if You want to see an interesting interpretation of a classic. It's staged very well and uses all of that beautiful theatre to the fullest.

Don't see it if you're not prepared for a very long evening. It's well acted, but I wouldn't call it fast-paced (it was strange to me what was kept and cut)

95
Riveting, Must see, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if I loved everything about this show. I thought that the staging was wonderful and that Ruth Negga's portrayal of Hamlet was superb.

Don't see it if If you do not like Shakespeare you will not enjoy this production. If you do not like productions that run 3 1/2 hrs with one intermission

100
Ambitious, Great staging, Edgy, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You like innovative Shakespeare productions which remain somewhat classical in presentation and overall tone.

Don't see it if You like standard fare.


February 10th, 2020
CRITIC’S PICK. "Ruth Negga Rules as a Player Prince Yaël Farber’s stunning, Dublin-born interpretation of this eternal classic finds the dizzying layers of performance that rule all our lives."
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February 10th, 2020
4/5 Stars. "Even if you know what lies around each corner of the plot, Farber’s imaginative stagecraft is riveting...Communing with a centuries-old text but vigorously alive in the here and now, this is the rare Shakespeare production that’s more séance than revival."
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February 10th, 2020
"Ruth Negga’s Hamlet Is a Sweet Prince—But It’s Not a Good Night"
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February 10th, 2020
"Ruth Negga makes her American stage debut as the grieving Danish prince in director Yaël Farber's moody take on Shakespeare's timeless tragedy about one man pushing back against corrupt power."
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