Most people are loosely familiar with the tragic tale that is “Hamlet“. In the latest performance of Vienna’s English Theatre’s at our school on November 16th, 2018, Clive Duncan did an amazing job at freely adapting William Shakespeare’s masterpiece. The reiteration, into a more modern and relatable tale, was done very subtly and therefore blended well into the plot without too much change.
The actors provided us with an excellent experience, skilfully mixing jokes and comedic scenes into the otherwise melancholic story, without disvaluing the plot. The most ingenious part of the play was that despite only having four actors, they convincingly portrayed multiple characters. This was made possible, for instance, by having one actor, who played both Horatio and Laertes, switching accents based on the character's social standing. This approach was also applied to the female characters, Ophelia and Gertrude.
To round it all off, the performers displayed a pleasing affinity for music, which they harmoniously blended into the play. This is a play I can definitely recommend to most people that find interest in the world of theatre.
David Kurz, 3YKKUO, Aufbaulehrgang/Kolleg für Kunsthandwerk und Objektdesign