(Chris Wiegand’s article appeared in The Guardian, July 1, 2009.)
Broadway's the thing for Jude Law's Hamlet
Acclaimed Donmar West End production will transfer to New York in September, following a short run in Denmark
It is one of this summer's hottest theatre tickets in the West End, and Jude Law's Hamlet is now guaranteed to set tills ringing on Broadway in the autumn. The production, which ends its sold-out run at the Wyndham's theatre on 22 August, will open the following month at New York's Broadhurst theatre for a 12-week stint. The play's transfer will mark Law's first performance on the Great White Way since his role in Jean Cocteau's Les Parents Terribles in 1995.
Hamlet is the final production in the Donmar Warehouse's star-filled West End residency at the Wyndham's theatre, which has included Ivanov with Kenneth Branagh, Madame De Sade with Judi Dench and Twelfth Night with Derek Jacobi. All four have been directed by Michael Grandage. Law's turn as the tragic Dane has gained favourable reviews from the critics. For the Guardian's Michael Billington, Law brings "a sense of moody solitude and moral disgust … and gut-wrenching despair" to the role . . .