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Not only Oddsocks co-founder Elli Mackenzie but Paul Daniels (yes, that Paul Daniels) appear in Hamlet The Comedy in Portsmouth next weekend.

Well, the magician with the catchphrase ‘You’ll like this... not a lot’ pops up from time to time in the form of a hologram.

His appearances highlight the fact that the adaptation of Shakespeare’s tragedy picks up on the hero’s decision to put on an ‘antic disposition’ by giving him a red nose.

Hamlet has previously been played by comic actors with great success, notably including Alan Cumming at Winchester in the 1990s.

The Oddsocks approach to Shakespeare is to appear as an Elizabethan troupe of travelling actors who introduce themselves to the audience before performing their chosen play.

Oddsocks say: ‘Our style is irreverent but respectful of the text, slapstick but skilful, funny but full of truth, clever but accessible.’

Hamlet The Comedy can be seen at the New Theatre Royal on Saturday and Sunday, January 29-30, at 7.30pm, with a Sunday matinee at 2.30pm.

On Friday, January 28 (7.30pm), the NTR hosts Sherlock Holmes – or rather Roger Llewellyn as the detective created by Arthur Conan Doyle while a GP in Southsea.

Sherlock Holmes... The Death And Life is described as a tale of murder, mystery and the occult.

Tiring of the intolerably arrogant Holmes, Conan Doyle invents the malevolent Moriarty to dispose of him.

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