Harriet Gordon-Anderson as Hamlet. Image courtesy: Bell Shakespeare Company.
Hamlet by Bell Shakespeare Company
Grief, betrayal, madness, loss—there are a lot of heavy themes to ponder in Shakespeare’s existential tragedy, “Hamlet”, the story of a young man traumatised by the death of his royal father, his mother’s remarriage to his uncle, and the looming spectre of his father’s ghost. Not only that, but the country is under threat of war. In this re-imagining by Australia’s premier thespians, Bell Shakespeare Company, “Hamlet” is brought into the glamorous era of 1960s Denmark. Beneath this glitzy royal façade, dark acts and darker consequences illuminate themes and questions that are as relevant as ever.