FRINGE 2016: Half Hour Hamlet – 4K


By Amy Nancarrow.

Ever been to or read a Shakespeare play and had absolutely no idea what’s going on?

Comedian Patrick Hercamp felt it was time that Shakespeare was accessible to the masses, and so Half Hour Hamlet was born. You guessed it: it’s Shakespeare’s famous play wrapped up in half an hour, complete with Hercamp playing all of the characters. Full of energy, Hercamp gets the audience involved with whooping and cheering, sound effects for the death of a character, and so much energy that it’s hard to not get sucked in to the Bard’s story.

Set in the fantastic Producers Hotel Garden venue, Half Hour Hamlet is a great show for people of all ages, and both the Shakespeare buffs and novices alike. Hercamp’s Shakespearean background and comedic flair (developed through his work with comedy troupe Sound and Fury) are the perfect combination for this entertaining show. Hercamp manages to distill Hamlet down to its essential elements, and encourages the audience to go on and read the play or see a production. Whilst a comedy, there’s a sense that Hercamp really loves the play, and it has a distinct reverence for the Bard.

If you’re looking for a show that is genuinely entertaining for everyone, Half Hour Hamlet is the perfect choice.

Kryztoff Rating: 4K

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