Paramount Theatre Presents Hamlet

Posted October 8, 2012 by Jason Balla in Downtown Crossing

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre comes to Boston’s Paramount Theatre in one of Shakespeare’s famed perpetual dramas, Hamlet.  This version of Hamlet considers all the underlying themes of internal struggle, deception, sexual obsession, violence, and witty humor, but provides a twist from the traditional versions.

Director Dominic Dromgoole, of Globe, stated, “We want to escape the straitjacket of preconceptions for whatever play we’re doing.”  Dromgoole found that immensely difficult with Hamlet.  This version of Hamlet is approximately 2 hours and 40 minutes with a cast totaling a combined 12 actors and actresses.  In a more traditional setting Hamlet can embody 4 hours.  The combined 12 performers embrace all the aspects of the play.  They execute multiple roles and create all sound effects on and off-stage.  This was a way to make one of Shakespeare’s most demonstrative plays dazzling and more appealing.

Michel Benz stars in the role of Hamlet in this engaging version.  The play begins October 9 and runs at the Paramount until October 21 kicking off their fall schedule.


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