Without Hamlet, Spring 2011
After the four originally scheduled performances and one more due to popular demand, one gets the impression that Hamlet was indeed just about the only one that didn’t turn up for the play. Luckily though, his merry entourage from Elsinore castle showed up, as did the struggling playwrights Nina and Vesna and their mildly strange neighbour. This resulted in 90 minutes of quick dialogue, humorous situations and some extremely good acting! An acting staff made mostly of on-the-stage first-timers showed high concentration, good execution and a very promising ability to think quick and improvise in unscripted situations.
The audiences’ laughter spoke volumes of what they had thought and even the ever-grumpy director liked some parts of some performances. All in all, it was a very strong first run and a major down-payment for future performances and the shows yet to come. With Hamlet or without him.