Review: Hamlet, Southsea Shakespeare Actors

Nick Rickard plays The King in Hamlet by the Southsea Shakespeare Actors
Nick Rickard plays The King in Hamlet by the Southsea Shakespeare Actors
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The Southsea Shakespeare Actors revisit the daddy-of-them-all this week – everyone’s favourite Danish prince.

Their modern-dress version is playing at The Pyramids from Thursday to Saturday, but opening night suffered from some technical flaws including every actor’s nightmare – the non-firing gun.

That said, the cast coped admirably with those one-off disasters.

The performance itself is patchy – but when it’s good, it’s blazing and heading that blaze is Hamlet himself in the shape of Lewis Robinson.

Robinson’s performance is reminiscent of Matt Smith, a gangly, high-powered Dane with limbs almost out of control; double-takes; top speed, stream-of-consciousness delivery of the lines. He’s not afraid of silence – and that’s a powerful tool.

Vincent Adams makes a fine Polonius, coaxing the comedy from the lines; Nick Rickard and the beautiful Jess Cutting work well as Claudius and Gertrude.

Best I’ve seen from the SSA in a while. Until Saturday.