Hamlet (2014): The Faction, New Diorama, London
CAST INCLUDED: Cary Crankston (Laertes); Alexander Guiney (Polonius); Damian Lynch (Claudius); Jonny McPherson (Hamlet); Derval Mellett (Ophelia); Kate Sawyer (Gertrude).
This production ran from 8 January - 22 February 2014. Production information taken from Theatre Record; may be incomplete.
"This fresh, forceful, starkly staged account of Hamlet in modern dress kicks off the award-winning Faction's third annual rep season at the New Diorama where the same actors will also perform in Greek tragedy and Schiller. This Shakespeare production boasts a casting coup. Mark Leipacher, its director, is writing the authorised biography of Simon Russell Beale and the great actor appears here as the ghost of Hamlet's father in a digitally recorded performance of brilliantly understated intensity and disgust that is eerily projected into the proceedings [Simon Russell Beale was simultaenously opening as King Lear at the National Theatre]...Damien Lynch is too lightweight and youthful a presence to convince as Claudius..." ~ Paul Taylor, Independent, 10 January 2014, in Theatre Record 2014, Issue 1-2
"Working on a shoestring budget doesn't stop them speaking Shakespeare's verse with vivacity and clarity." ~ Kate Bassett, The Times, 10 January 2014, in Theatre Record 2014, Issue 1-2