This Hamlet, staged by famous Polish director Jan Klata at Bochum in Germany, draws on Polish life at the time of the post-revolutionary changes and the rise of capitalism. It features the typical elements of Klata's direction – references to pop culture, music, film and the internet – and stunning performances from the whole company. The ghost of Hamlet's father is played by the same actor who played Hamlet in Klata's famous Polish production in the Gdansk dockyards.
Hamlet - His father has died, and his mother, shortly after the funeral, buries his father. Hamlet's world collapses, and falls apart further when he finds out that his uncle, the new ruler, killed his father. Hamlet plots revenge. In his youthful infallibility and in the captivity of an only child in a gilded cage, however, he ends up directing his reveng against everything and everyone. He offends his mother with the most terrible words, repels his love, and her father is killed. In the end, his demons turn against him himself, and he falls prey to a madness he had thought he was only feigning. Then Hamlet asks his famous question "To be or not to be?" and in the end he tears down into distruction everything that had stood in his way.
Klata tells Shakespeare's play like a comic book story - stylised, full of pathos and irony, with grand spectacles and pop songs. Hamlet would also like to put on a bat mask and to guard Denmark like the dark knight known as Batman [...] There is not a character here for which Klata has not thought up something strange.
(by Stefan Keim, nachtkritik)
High-tension Shakespeare in an intensive, surprising mixture of action, noisy sensations and grotesque moments, which often balance on the boundary of pain, and often go beyond it.
(by Jürgen Boebers-Süßmann, Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung)
[pmg]http://www.festivaldivadlo.cz/en/predstaveni/183/ and 22nd International Festival Theatre Pilsen Booklet (printed edition)