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by Catherine Stobbs (subscribe)
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After a previous successful run, a national tour and an Olivier award nomination, Hamlet is back for its second run at the National Theatre this month.

Running for less than two weeks, Rory Kinnears Hamlet has been described as one of the best and most unusual and has held its own amongst recent Hamlets including Jude Law and David Tennant.

Set far, far away from its original Shakespearian context, the Prince sports a hoodie and tracksuit bottoms. Untraditional, yes, but will it speak volumes to a younger audience?

Kinnear has been discribed as bringing a touching and moving humanity to the character, and portrays him as a very real, young man who simply becomes over-whelmed by his situation. He portrays the complexities of Hamlet with sesitivity and understanding, whilst still adding a sense of humour to the dark story.

Hamlet is showing from April 14th through to the 23rd at the Lyttleton Theatre at the National.

For more information about tickets, show times, as well as stills and videos from the productions, head to the National Theatre's website.
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Why? To see if the production lives up to its reputation
When: From 14th - 23rd of April 2011, various performance times, please check the website.
Where: Lyttleton Theatre, National Theatre South Bank, City of London SE1 9PX
Cost: 12
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