Having grown up in the home town of the Utah Shakespearean Festival, I have pretty high standards when it comes to theater in general, and Shakespeare in particular. But the current Royal Shakespeare Company production of Hamlet is making me swoon:
The Royal Shakespeare Company usually draws genteel, theater-loving crowds to the serene town of Stratford, the playwright’s birthplace. It has never seen anything like the fan frenzy surrounding a new production of “Hamlet” that stars not one but two science fiction icons: David Tennant, hero of the British Broadcasting Corp.’s beloved “Doctor Who,” and Patrick Stewart of “Star Trek: The Next Generation.”
Critics shouldn’t sniff. Tennant and Stewart both have extensive stage experience, are damn good actors, and deserve to be evaluated on the merits of their performance and not penalize for the crime of having found popular success.
Now if I could just persuade my wife to let me sell one of the kids to afford tickets…