A Season of #YayHamlet

by Brookelynn Mason

This Shakespearean classic has had such an exciting spring season! Even though this is a story older than Broadway itself, these four productions of Hamlet have such fresh and exciting direction that they are most definitely worth taking a look at.

The Public Theater

The Public Theater is the venue that gave us #YayHamlet favorite, Hamilton. This summer, ridiculously-good-looking Oscar Isaac (a Public veteran), will take the title role in this Sam Gold-directed production (The Glass Menagerie, Doll House Part 2). This specific production has been through quite the journey--it's been picked up and dropped more than once before coming to The Public! 

  Photo: Rob Kim

Photo: Rob Kim


Roust Theatre Company

What happens when a Russian-historical novelist and outspoken critic of Vladimir Putin meets theater and classic Shakespeare? OBVIOUSLY a version of Hamlet set in a burgeoning police-state that's packed full of political scheming and intrigue. This spring production is sure to please--how could it not with the talents of Matt Weiss, Claire Brownwell, and Khris Lewin on its side?

  Artwork: Sophia Tabatadze

Artwork: Sophia Tabatadze


London, West End

You might remember us talking about this unique production starring Sherlock's own Andrew Scott. If you don't, don't fret--we'll reinforce how crucial it is that you go and get these tickets now. We expect this to sell out lickety splickety, because aside from the updated and fresh direction, part of Andrew's condition for the move to West End was that the tickets be affordable. We LOVE accessible theater!

  Photo: Manuel Harlan

Photo: Manuel Harlan


Sheen Center for Thought and Culture

Waterwell's production of Hamlet is exactly the kind of fresh and exciting theater we love. Not only is the scenery totally updated (WWII-era Persia), but the entire production is bilingual: English and Farsi. As if that wasn't enough of a reason to check it out, Broadway favorites Sherie Rene Scott, Arian Moayed, and Micah Stock are just some of the members of this sure-to-be-amazing cast.