14 & 15 October, Sydney.
Presented by Artes Christi and directed by Eugene Raggio, this is Hamlet on a huge scale for a tiny run. With almost 50 artists making up the cast and crew, this is a truly collaborative event incorporating a broad range of talents. Productions of this play often end up feeling like domestic dramas, as small casts can play out the intimate personal interactions between characters, but struggle to show the wider political frame that makes the central struggle for power matter so much. This version reveals how the ripples sent out from the epicentre that is Prince Hamlet affect people far beyond his circle of personal concern. It reminds us that this is a dynastic and a political drama, too.
At the York Theatre, Seymour Centre.