Jude Law’s Hamlet Scheduled To Close December 6

Jude Law’s Hamlet is scheduled to close December 6 after a 12-week run on Broadway. The play by Shakespeare, perhaps the greatest masterpiece in the English language, has given us the following indelible lines:

Neither a borrower nor a lender be
Something is rotten in the state of Denmark
Get thee to a nunnery
The lady doth protest too much, methinks
Same crap different day

We may have erred on that last one. It might read “thy same crap they different day” but we’re not quite sure. Land of Punt apologizes as our copy of Hamlet is a little outdated.

This production of Hamlet opened Oct. 6 at the Broadhurst Theatre on the Great White Way. Before that it ran at Wyndham’s Theatre in London’s West End and then briefly at Kornberg Castle in Elsinore, Denmark.

Law has played Hamlet in all three runs. He’s accompanied by actors from the Donmar Theatre Company. Ross Armstrong, Geraldine Hames and Michael Hadley joined the cast starting in Elsinore.

Law has been away from Broadway since 1995. Back then he starred in a play called Indiscretions and his performance earned him a Tony Award nomination for best actor.

Michael Grandage directed this dark and wintry production. The artistic director for the Donmar Warehouse is best known for staging the Tony-Award winning play, Frost/Nixon.

Grandage’s version of Hamlet has been getting rave reviews. Critics and fans have fallen in love with Law’s melancholy Dane and the rest of cast can more than hold their own.

Of course what do you expect from a troupe of classically trained British actors? The English come out of the womb practically quoting Twelfth Night.

You combine the Brits with the Barb and more times than not you’ll have a successful play. The British can sell Hamlet tickets, Romeo and Juliet tickets, The Two Gentlemen of Verona tickets or tickets to any Shakespeare title like they’re tea and crumpets.

One of the most refreshing aspects of Grandage’s rendition of Hamlet is its straightforwardness.

The British director didn’t set Hamlet in the year 2525 nor did he make the play a symbol for some current geo-political affair. With the exception of the costume’s breathable fabrics and the product in Law’s hair, his version of Hamlet is fairly close to something Shakespeare would have seen back in the day.

There aren’t many performances left of Jude Law’s Hamlet. So get thee to the Broadhurst on or before December 6. Remember, the play’s the thing.

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