REVIEW: Hamlet screened live from London? You must try it! Taunton Odeon's Culture season continues... (From Bridgwater Mercury)
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REVIEW: Hamlet screened live from London? You must try it! Taunton Odeon's Culture season continues...
2:19pm Wednesday 23rd October 2013 in What's On
HAMLET is the mightiest of Shakespeare’s plays, and The National Theatre in London mastered a unique way to celebrate its 50th anniversary… by bringing it to Taunton.
On Tuesday, October 22, the NT’s Hamlet cast, starring the English, Lawrence Olivier Award-winning, Skyfall actor Rory Kinnear as the Danish prince, was screened straight to Taunton’s Odeon as one of the oh-so lucky selected cinemas.
If you haven’t yet been to a screening of this kind, love cinema, but not theatre, or vice versa, you must try it.
The experience is a true fusion of stage and screen. You feel you’re stood on the corner of the stage, not just sat before it, and at the actors’ level, which makes for an intimate theatre-film encounter.
It’s a rare treat to see a thespian’s face up close and personal. You can see the beads of sweat forming on Hamlet’s brow in his “crafty madness”; see the muscles tensing in his throat as he delivers those incredible, soul-shaking soliloquies; almost feel the spit flying onto your face.
Then there were the other finishing touches that made this stage-to-screen special such a stunner, in bringing the art of one of London’s master theatres to Taunton.
Ads by Google You Could Be Owed £2400 If You've Had A Credit Card You Could Be Owed A Refund MBNA.BankRefunds.net UK Broadband Speed Test Test Broadband Speed in Seconds. See Your Street with StreetStats™ Broadband-Speed-Test.uSwitch.com You come into the cinema screen to “rehearsal sounds”. Next, a pre-performance documentary gives an insightful context for the Bard’s writing, with snippets from academics, a run-through of Hamlet’s themes; talk of autocratic regimes and secret service surveillance; an interview with the quietly-spoken Kinnear himself. All builds tension for what’s to come.
Another detail to love: when the Odeon audience breaks for the interval, the screen shows the National Theatre’s crowd from on-high, applauding; filing in and out for ice cream. You feel a kinship with them.
Reflecting on the power of the play, Rory Kinnear says: “Once you’ve found the heartbeat and the speed of [Hamlet], you just have to hold on, and it really does play you.”
Watch the power of theatre and film combined – you’ll find yourself just as gripped.
•NEXT UP for Taunton Odeon's Culture season...
Saturday, October 26: The Nose, by Shostakovich, performed by the Met Opera, will be screened from 5.55pm.
Thursday, October 31: National Theatre Live, Frankenstein, 7pm, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller in Danny Boyle’s award-winning production.
Monday, November 4: Les Vepres Sicilienes, by The Royal Opera House, 5.45pm.
Thursday, November 7: National Theatre Live, The Habit Of Art
Saturday, November 9: Puccini’s Tosca, by the Met Opera, 5.55pm.
Wednesday, November 13: Richard II, starring David Tennant, from the Royal Shakespeare Company
Monday, November 18: National Theatre Live, Frankenstein by Danny Boyle, 7pm.