December 1, 2012

Here is an excerpt from one of my favourite Hamlet reviews - if you are in the US make sure you put these dates in your diary: Fridays, January 25-February 8, 2013, 9:00-11:00 p.m. ET - that's when the series Shakespeare Uncovered will be aired.  David will be presenting the Hamlet episode, he even gets a chance to sit down with Jude Law.  The programme originally aired on BBC last July, this gives all of us across the pond a chance to see it!

"David Tennant is Hamlet. It was tempting to add ‘Nuff said’ to that first sentence and leave it at that but Tennant’s performance is not the only excellent thing in Gregory Doran’s RSC production at the Courtyard Theatre in Stratford-on-Avon.

David Tennant’s performance is remarkable in many ways. Hamlet is by no means a sympathetic figure but Tennant manages to make him so through superlative handling of the soliloquies and the insanity. His grief for his father’s loss is completely convincing and upon it he builds all the doubts and dilemmas which can make the character hard for audiences to endure, successfully negotiating the fine line between Hamlet’s ‘crafty madness’ and his genuine distress. It is also a superb physical performance. Tennant is incredibly agile on stage, moving like a great neurotic skittish spider, he seems to skip his way through the play without ever losing his focus and intensity."

Artshub - David Trennery - September 04, 2008