Hamlet Thoughts

I just saw the Lyndsay Turner/Benedict Cumberbatch Hamlet at the Barbican in London.
  1. I was not a Benedict Cumberbatch fan before. I am now. I'm even comfortable saying I'm his biggest fan and I know that's sacrilege to people who have been with him from day one. I'm sorry but that's how I feel!
  2. And yet this does not compare to how I feel about that director Lyndsay Turner. Obviously, I was excited going in that a woman directed this. And then -- her work was brilliant. Imagine seeing Shakespeare and Cumberbatch, and the headline is the DIRECTOR.
  3. The set design. I don't want to spoil it for anyone who might see it, but it was the most lavish, intensely complicated set I've ever seen in theater. Sounds cheesy to say but I really felt like I was inside a major budget movie.
  4. Costume design. Did not have to be on point, but was definitely on point.
  5. Choreography. There were a lot of slow motion moments and sped up transition sequences. I'm always impressed when actors do things like this. It may actually be really is, but I don't know.
  6. All the mentions and jokes about England play a lot better in an English crowd.
  7. Ice cream! They eat ice cream at the theater in England. It's like popcorn at the movies, but better because ice cream doesn't make loud sounds when you eat it. This detail is not specific to Hamlet, but seemed worth mentioning.
  8. The seats at the Barbican are super comfortable. It was like being at home in a cozy leather recliner. With Benedict Cumberbatch.
  9. Hamlet tickets are now on stubhub for 1500 pounds, so I guess we blew it and should have just scalped our tickets.