Hamlet is, unquestionably, one of the most iconic Shakespeare masterpieces. Even those who have never read or watched the play would immediately recognise the famous ‘Hamlet and skull’ scene.
Doing Hamlet is probably every actor’s dream, as well as the biggest test of theatrical brilliance. There’s something irresistible about this character, which draws both trained actors and lay people towards it. It might be the company of the skull that does the trick. Ever since I was a child, whenever I found myself in the presence of skeletal remains – i.e. during anatomy lessons at school or when visiting doctor friends – I’ve felt compelled to pick up the skull, look into its eye sockets and recite the famous opening line of Hamlet’s soliloquy, “To be or not to be…”. I believe I am not the only one.
Recently, a new interpretation of Shakespeare’s play was put on stage, quite successfully, in my very own home. It was an original, creative and somehow unique performance. Although not yet recorded on camera, I do have one piece of photographic evidence for this creative triumph.
It gives me great pleasure to introduce…Dad as Hamlet and George as Yorick’s skull … in a modern, contemporary take on the classic text.
I wonder what the theatre critics will have to say about this!?!