If you have ever seen Shit Faced Shakespeare where an unknown member of the cast will drink real alcohol while the rest remain sober, you would see a contemporary version of Shakespeare as a comedy designed to make you laugh. In this version of Hamlet at the beautifully recreated Shakespearean theatre, the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, the idea is to show Hamlet as a psychopathic, woman hating, selfish aristocrat who tells Fortinbras to fuck off and can handle a can of spray paint.
The star of this play for me was Nadine Higgin's Sir Toby Belch. She has magnificent stage presence. I do wonder whether we are meant to like Sir Toby as much as we did? But I loved every moment she was onstage and her interaction with Maria (NadiKemp-Sayfi) was brilliant.