The Weekend Australian - Review - - Out & About -

Bell Shake­speare’s Ham­let Line for line, phrase for phrase, Damien Ryan’s pro­duc­tion of Ham­let for Bell Shake­speare is one of the most play­ful and smart read­ings of the play in re­cent years. It’s up there with John Bell’s 2003 pro­duc­tion. The great fea­ture of this pro­duc­tion is its in­ti­macy. How won­der­ful it is to see this play (per­formed by a cast of 10) in a stu­dio-sized theatre. Com­bined with Ryan’s fresh stag­ing, it makes this a pro­duc­tion for Shake­speare gu­rus too. Star­ring Josh McConville as Ham­let and Matilda Ridg­way as Ophe­lia (pic­tured).

Chris Boyd Can­berra Theatre Cen­tre, Civic Square, Lon­don Cir­cuit. Opens Oc­to­ber 13. Tick­ets: $45-$79. Book­ings: (02) 6275 2700 or online. Un­til Oc­to­ber 24.

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