Reviews: What Do Critics Have to Say About Robert Icke's Hamlet? | Playbill

The Verdict Reviews: What Do Critics Have to Say About Robert Icke's Hamlet?

The production at Park Avenue Armory stars Alex Lawther in the title role.

Alex Lawther Miles Aldridge

Reviews are in for Robert Icke's Hamlet, which officially opened Off-Broadway at Park Avenue Armory June 28. Previews began June 10 for the director's contemporary adaptation of Shakespeare's tragedy, which runs through August 13 in repertory with Icke's adaptation of Aeschylus' Oresteia. 

Alex Lawther stars in the title role, with Tony winner Jennifer Ehle as Gertrude, Angus Wright as Claudius, Olivier winner Luke Treadaway as Laertes, Kirsty Rider as Ophelia, Peter Wight as Polonius, Joshua Higgott as Horatio, Tia Bannon as Guildenstern, Calum Finlay as Rosencrantz, and Michael Abubakar as Marcellus.

Read the reviews here.

Citi Tour (Brian Scott Lipton)

Daily Beast (Tim Teeman)

New York Stage Review (David Finkle)

Observer (David Cote)

The Stage (Nicole Serratore)

The Wrap (Thom Geier)

Playbill will continue to update this list as reviews come in.

David Rintoul, Hara Yannas, Gilbert Kyem Jr., Ross Waiton, and Marty Cruikshank complete the cast with Higgott and Finlay also serving as understudies for Hamlet and Laertes, respectively.

The creative team behind the productions features director Icke, set and costume designer Hildegard Bechtler, lighting designer Natasha Chivers, and sound designer Tom Gibbons. Video is by Tal Yarden. Icke's interpretations of Hamlet and Oresteia both made their world premieres at London's Almeida Theatre.

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