how plays work

Robert Icke’s Hamlet: Staging Shakespeare for a Modern Audience

After watching Robert Icke’s Hamlet when broadcast on BBC Two the other day, I was keen to add a slightly different video to my How Plays Work series to consider the role of the director in this adaptation. Particularly, I was really interested in how some of Icke’s choices go beyond simply applying a filter to the original text but making fundamental dramaturgical interventions which alter how entire scenes make meaning.

I believe Hamlet should still be up on BBC iPlayer for the next few weeks or so and, even if you don’t get a chance to check out my video, I’d certainly suggest giving it a watch!