By William Shakespeare. Sydney Shakespeare Festival. Bicentennial Park in Glebe. January 5 – February 12, 2012.
Now in its fifth season, the Sydney Shakespeare Festival has already staged outdoors the more obviously suitable pastoral or elemental plays by the Bard. They’re back in their favourite spot in Bicentennial Park in Glebe, with Sydney’s skyline as a backdrop, but this time with the normally claustrophobic, internalised tragedy of Hamlet.
Still, the last version I saw of Hamlet, at a Sydney Festival two years ago, sported German actors plunging about in mud and Hamlet following everyone with a cam-recorder.