Review Round-up: Simm Hamlet Divides Opinion
Simm is the latest in a long line of famous faces to take on the Bard’s biggest role, following the likes of David Tennant and Jude Law in recent years. He’s joined in the principal cast by John Nettles – an RSC veteran and TV drama favourite – doubling as Claudius/Ghost, alongside Michelle Dockery (as Ophelia), Barbara Flynn (Gertrude), Colin Tierney (Horatio) and Hugh Ross (Polonius).
Directed by Paul Miller, Hamlet continues to 23 October 2010. It will overlap with the National Theatre production, starring Rory Kinnear in the title role, which opens next month (7 October, previews from 30 September).
Overnight critics were decidedly mixed in their reactions both to Simm and to Miller’s staging...