Cumberbatch in HAMLET

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I think Benedict Cumberbatch is a very talented actor and in SHERLOCK and THE IMITATION GAME he gave very compelling, textured portrayals.  Unfortunately, in the Barbican HAMLET his performance is broad with few layers.  When you are playing one of the most complex roles in history, you hope for depth.  I’m afraid there’s not much here.

Lyndsey Turner’s direction is acceptable, a little showy and she has rearranged the script to suit her needs, but serviceable.  The rest of the cast is fine, except Ciaran Hinds who shows us what is missing from the lead.  Perhaps with a different director, Mr. Cumberbatch could have soared.

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