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Cush Jumbo as Hamlet at the Young Vic - live or live-streamed.

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EdmontinaTiresofNameFlipping · 30/10/2021 16:20

I’m watching it now from my sofa. Anyone else seen it either live or streamed?

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EdmontinaTiresofNameFlipping · 31/10/2021 12:32

Not a single person? Halloween Grin

Shame on you all!

She was mostly brilliant, though I was a bit uncertain about Hamlet’s oddly wandering accent. Great gaslighting.

Polonius, Laertes, Ophelia variously outstanding.

I wish Adrian Dunbar just … hadn’t. No comparison with the magnificence of his LOD persona. Though that was partly the fault of the cuts - all the politics gone and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern also reduced in significance.

So, lovely characterisation of Hamlet, but as whole productions I much preferred both the Paapa Essiedu and the Andrew Scott offerings.

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DaisyNGO · 31/10/2021 12:37

I'm sure she's great though I love her so I'm biased

Tbh I'd forgotten about it

But I no longer go to town unless unavoidable eg medical

and haven't got the cash

I have the attention span of a gnat at the mo

Not keen to watch at home

Have seen several Hamlets so might be a bit much to see another

If it does the rounds at the cinema in a few years, I'll probably go.

DaisyNGO · 31/10/2021 12:38

I would cut R&G as well tbh, I find them dull.

StColumbofNavron · 04/11/2021 10:56

The Paapa Essiedu version was sensational I thought (also liked Andrew Scott). I haven't seen this one, but I am enjoying the offering of Live Stream for theatre (just watched The Tragedy of Macbeth from the Almeida that it was impossible to get tickets for - AMAZING).

I do go live a lot but I will see more by combining some live and some live stream from home.

EdmontinaDancesWithOphelia · 04/11/2021 11:12

Wasn’t it just?! (Essiedu.)

I’m torn on live streaming. It’s been amazing over the past year to be able to ‘attend’ seminars and conferences online - and of course the possibility of seeing plays I can’t get to is a bonus. But the chatter of an audience just before the curtain goes up; the stranger beside me leaning over to ask if I’ve seen whatever, the smiling acknowledgement of latecomers - these are honestly on my desert island list of best things in life. It’s true that I’m more often than not disappointed by theatre, and more often than not astonished by concerts, but I don’t think I could give up the live experience. Live streaming to a local arts venue / cinema seems a sustainably happy compromise, and something I used to enjoy; staring at a screen from my sofa is definitely the least good option. (But covid, obvs.)

Can’t remember why I didn’t get a ticket for Macbeth. Either unjustifiably expensive, or sold out!

JumperandJacket · 10/11/2021 23:07

I saw it in person. Cush Jumbo was fantastic. Adrian Dunbar not so much- Claudius seemed slightly underdeveloped as a character, ditto Gertrude actually.

Nothing can match the excitement of working out where I’d seen Polonius before though Grin

EdmontinaDancesWithOphelia · 11/11/2021 00:13 This? Halloween Grin

Lucky you, JumperandJacket. Friend of mine saw it in person and was very thrilled.

GloriousGoosebumps · 11/11/2021 00:45

I watched the streamed performance on 28 October and also have a ticket for next Saturday's performance. I thought Cush Jumbo was a good Hamlet and in many ways a better Hamlet than Benedict Cumberbatch. Sadly, Gertrude and Claudius were under developed and that negatively affected the production. Ophelia was also very good and I loved the dance scene. I too watched the streamed performance of Macbeth from the Almeida and I have been lucky enough to get a returned ticket so I'll also see it in the theatre on the 24th. Both productions are excellent.

EdmontinaDancesWithOphelia · 11/11/2021 01:54

I loved the dance scene …

Loopytiles · 09/03/2022 18:37

Would’ve loved to have seen this!

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