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Hamlet, Almeida Theatre

Hamlet, Almeida Theatre

Andrew Scott, predictably unpredictable, is subject to Robert Icke's slow-burn clarity


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We must have seen a different production. I found Angus Wright superb and Scott sorely below par. I get the impression many people nowadays A) fall under the spell of famous actors B) do not want to admit said actors are not very versatile. I have seen Scott in 5 different plays and he's always playing the same role, with minor differences. I love him, he seems like a lovely chap, but reality is what it is.

I know what you mean about Scott's playing similar roles, but isn't Hamlet of all parts the one where the more you play yourself, the more you find out about the human condition and your response to it? Just one way of looking at it. And my point was precisely that I didn't think this was a 'star role' kind of Hamlet. so you can exclude me from your generalisation about spellbound people. UK theatre is usually too much about the star vehicle, and I didn't feel this was.

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