Is it possible for three actors to steal the same show? That's how difficult it is to choose among the performances of Jacobi, Stewart and Bloom. And I would give honorable mention to Eric Porter as the Ghost too, although the part is too small to rank with the others.
I've been studying this play -- reading the play, reading about the play, seeing numerous productions -- for thirty-five years, and this production stands high above all the others. For those who have studied the play, the actors' original and nuanced performances address all of the questions raised by this puzzling text and are consistent in supporting what I find to be one very convincing reading of it. I'd prefer not to spoil things for anyone by going into detail.
Two things I found to be minor annoyances (or mildly amusing) that soon became unobtrusive were that, as the first court scene begins, you notice right away that whoever did Jacobi's makeup got totally carried away with the eyebrow pencil; and, as hard as I tried to convince myself otherwise, Stewart appears to be wearing what can only be described as a cheesy bathrobe.
But again, as for the performances, I can only wonder why anyone has found it necessary to make more Hamlets since this production's release over thirty years ago.
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