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Dan Leo

I like Withnail's Hamlet:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6OgLrmoI4c

Kate

Now that was interesting. It's such a pleasure to read your posts each day.

Claire

What an interesting read of Hamlet - it makes a lot of sense. Now I wish I could see this production.

PJ

According to the grave digger Yorick has been dead for twenty three years and Hamlet remembers getting piggyback rides from him. I don't know of many instances in Shakespeare where the character's age is so specifcally stated. Three to seven years old for piggyback rides makes him at least 26-30 years old assuming Yorick died right after giving him his last ride. Otherwise Hamlet is even older. But he definitely acts and thinks like a teenager. Guy's got a serious case of Peter Pan syndrome. I think Shakespeare is definitely making a point here, I just never could figure it out. I saw Hamlet portrayed by a 16 year old actor once and everything fell into place. Except for that Yorick thing.

actor212

PJ, he'd actually have to be a bit older since he seems woefully unaware of the death of Yorick, something a young lad would have known or been told. And if you've had kids of single-digit age, you'll understand why immediately.

Lance, I've never played Hamlet in a full production, but I've workshopped him and even started toying with doing a full-out show in my younger years.

I took Hamlet's position to be quite like your take on it, but went a different direction with it: he was entitled to a throne, but now his very life is in danger. He has to work thru his anger quickly while balancing on the fine knife's edge of not being assassinated (as would be Claudius' wont), either for being next in line legitimately OR for being a pain in the ass.

His ultimate goal is to get the crown, which he needs in order to safely dispose of the lot of them. Anxious? Yes. Impatient? Absolutely. Does that make him behave rashly and petulant? Oh hell yea.

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