Hamlet - Young Vic 2011

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    What the popular press had to say...

    "I have never left a production of Hamlet feeling as irritated and cheated as I was by Ian Rickson’s mindlessly modish staging starring Michael Sheen at the Young Vic"
    Charles Spencer for The Telegraph

    "But, for all the palpable thought that has gone into this production, I missed much of the play's primal excitement and found myself echoing Gertrude's plea to Polonius for "more matter, with less art"."
    Michael Billington for The Guardian

    "Sheen has just the right electrically dangerous, mocking intelligence for the part. He swings from an initial edgy concessiveness at court to an extraordinary manic high "
    Paul Taylor for The Independent

    "Michael Sheen is a prickly and rewarding Hamlet. And that is enough to make this assertively peculiar production of Shakespeare's most famous tragedy worth seeing."
    Henry Hitchings for The Evening Standard

    "Pretentious director alert. Hamlet the Dane may be scuppered by madness, but Hamlet the play is here undone by too many look-at-me larks from director Ian Rickson."
    Quentin Letts for The Daily Mail

    External links to full reviews from popular press
    Telegraph - Guardian

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