“How about if we re-translated, re-cut and re-adapted completely the most iconic and untouchable play of all times?”... It’s the ultra daring and finally marvelously pulled of challenge of director Xavier Lemaire and his incredible troop Les Larrons, playing on stage the cult text of Shakespeare: Hamlet.
We can already hear you: too well known, to lyrical and too long! Well you would quite simply bypass a great moment on state. Drum rolls. Playing the lead part on stage, Grégori Baquet, Molière Award of masculine révélation in 2014 and revealed of course as a dashing Benvolio in the musical comedy Roméo & Juliette.
In better shape than ever, he is back as well-schooled and teasing prince, who doubts everything and is believed to have become mad. Around him, strong parts sustained by an casting, from Laertes, the protector, to the poor Ophelia, including the hilarious courtesans Guildenstern and Rosencrantz.
If you want a historical reminder: after the murder of the King of Denmark by his own brother, prince/son/nephew Hamlet dreams of vengeance but never seems to decide to (really) go into action. All the more so since his mother remarried after only two month the murderous uncle. Good ambiance. Tormented by doubt, Hamlet neglects his promised one and try to make the truth come out thanks to a troop of comedians.
With costumes halfway between Game of Thrones and Assassin’s Creed, a streamlined decor around two XXL staircases, and very lively staging, adaptation… Everything is carefully studied to make the text as accessible as possible for newcomers in the world of Shakespeare. The 2h30 zip right by and everyone is mesmerized. To miss or not to be missed, a great Hamlet, that is the question.
Until the 21st of April 2018. Full rate €25. Tuesday, Friday and Saturday at 8:30pm; Wednesday and Thursday at 7pm ; matinée on Saturday at 4pm.
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