Already closed | 3h 15m | Brooklyn

Hamlet (St Ann's Warehouse)

From 59 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 | Already closed | St Ann's Warehouse (Brooklyn)

Member Reviews (59)

MEMBERS SAY:

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

61
Resonant, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You love Hamlet and Shakespeare and modern interpretations of the play.

Don't see it if you can't sit in a theater for 3.5 hours.

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.

79
Slow, Disappointing

See it if Want another "interpretation" of Hamlet which tries hard to be striking, with an interesting choice for a lead

Don't see it if This is not as bad as BAM's Medea but most of cast seem too often to be acting in a different play than their lead who doesn't engage engage

90
Epic, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to be on the edge of your seat for 2.5 hours. If you like Shakespeare. If you want to see an innovative and interestingly cast show

Don't see it if You don’t like Shakespeare. Dark sets. Incense. A quirky lead. Brief frontal nudity. If you want a cheerful, happy ending.

95
Beautiful modernization, Riveting, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to experience “Hamlet” presented with every word in tact - 3 1/2 hours of yummy Shakespeare.

Don't see it if Elizabethan English is difficult for you to understand. It was hard for my companions to get. It’s my education so I luxuriated in it.

Also The entire cast from Dublin is fantastic. Ruth Negga is masterful. Dur... Read more Read less

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.

98
Riveting, Great staging, Great acting, Exquisite, Absorbing

See it if You want to see Shakespeare staged in a nearly perfect manner. Ruth Negga is incredible as Hamlet, as is Aoife Duffin as Ophelia. Fast paced

Don't see it if You’ve come to require plays of 90 minutes or so. This is 3 hours and 30 minutes. Yet it moves quickly.

90
Slow, Intense, Great staging, Great acting, Exquisite

See it if You love Shakespeare and like new adaptations. The staging was PARTICULARLY good.

Don't see it if You don't like Shakespeare or long shows. It was good, but at 3.5 hours, it's tough on a worknight.

90
If shakespeare is your thing, this is a must see!

See it if 3 1/2 hours fly by. The performances and minimalist staging are divine. Much more enjoyable than the Glenda Jackson production of King Lear.

Don't see it if traditional casting is important to you.

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

85
Profound, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Clever

See it if You enjoy Shakespeare and would like to see a new take on it that emphasizes Ophelia's relationship with Hamlet and makes the audience think

Don't see it if You dislike the idea of women playing men or expect a straight performance of the text

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.

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.

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.

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)

89
Absorbing, Must see, Intelligent, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if You enjoy the language and imagery of Shakespeare. Most of the script is kept, but the performers really embody the text beautifully.

Don't see it if If you don't enjoy Shakespeare or prefer a shorter theatre experience.

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.

100
Must see, Masterful, Epic, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Exceptional acting, staging and execution. The ticket to get.

Don't see it if Don’t like long posts. It’s over three hours, but in my view, worth every minute.

48
Great acting, Banal, Absorbing

See it if if you love the classical story of Hamlet.

Don't see it if if you are fed up with repetitions, banal clishes.

100
Relevant, Great staging, Great acting, Epic, Exquisite

See it if you want to witness an incredible production of one of Shakespeare's most important plays.

Don't see it if you don't like Shakespeare

During previews
76
Traditional, Moody, Great direction, Great acting

See it if You want to see a fairly traditional interpretation of Hamlet. Negga's performance is excellent & I enjoyed the moody staging.

Don't see it if If you would prefer a more modern or shortened version. It's a little long for my taste, I would have enjoyed it more had it been shorter.

During previews
99
Masterful, Great writing, Great acting, Atmospheric, Absorbing

See it if you feel you haven’t seen a good production of Hamlet, or you’re longing for a well-written, well-performed, and we’ll-directed production.

Don't see it if three-and-a-half hours is tough for you to sit through.

During previews
78
Slow, Long, Great acting

See it if you want to see Ruth Negga give a brilliant performance as Hamlet; you're a Shakespeare aficionado

Don't see it if you get easily frustrated with uneven pacing; you hate a droning underscore; you get particularly antsy after 3.5 hours

Also This is 100% worth seeing for Ruth Negga's performance alone. But oh m... Read more Read less


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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