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.