Gielgud Theatre, West End and Herodes Atticus, Athens
By William Shakespeare
Starring Stephen Dillane and Michael Pennington
Directed by Peter Hall
Lighting by Joe Atkins
Sound by Paul Arditti
'Visually, it is stunning. A blue-grey back wall with painted clouds creates a vast canopy disappearing skywards. A curve of thick red ropes descends for the interior scenes, giving us a royal household where even the chairs are imprisoned in tight wrappings of lush crushed velvet. It is a setting sick with sexuality but breathlessly bound up by convention. Gina Bellman’s Ophelia is driven mad not just by Hamlet but the confines of being a courtier.'
Louise Doughty, The Daily Mail