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The Tragedy of Hamlet the
Prince of Denmark by William Shakespeare.
This first performance was
a 'pay what you can' night (cash only, first come first served). This
is a new move by Demi Paradise productions obviously aimed at those
whose purses can't stretch to the full £20 ticket price and perhaps
to persuade others to give Shakespeare a chance. This really is a bargain
and I advise people to look out for these performances in future. Numbers
are limited to 60 per show and about 45 attended on Tuesday.
For a first night the production appeared to go quite seamlessly which is surprising given how much the performance moves around Lancaster Castle. Beginning outside on the cold ramparts, the play then moves into the Shire Hall. At various times the action moves to the Crown Court, the ramparts, the stone staircases and Hadrian's Tower. Lancaster Castle is an ideal venue for this type of performance adding atmosphere and authenticity. The choral singing during the movement from one scene to the next echoes around the stone passages to great effect.
At times the players are
very close and move through the audience. Close eye contact is
made with the audience which adds to the experience for the audience
and (I'm sure) the actors. Damien Warren-Smith (Hamlet) makes excellent
use of this aspect of the promenade and it adds intensity to Hamlet's
solliloques and asides.
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