Shakespeare’s First Acts: Hamlet

25th July 2012



Dominic Dromgoole, artistic director of Shakespeare’s Globe, discusses the first act of the play, with reference to the Globe’s 2012 touring production, with Sophie Reynolds. This interview is part of theatreVOICE’s new series for Olympics year 2012, looking at the beginning of each of Shakespeare’s plays. Recorded at Shakespeare’s Globe, 24 July 2012.

Then you have “too too solid flesh” which is fantastic, horrible, upsetting, immediate, quick insight into a tortured mind, and it moves at a hundred miles an hour, and the syntax is collapsing and exploded and compulsive and keeps flying here there and wherever, and so the first moment you get in private with Hamlet he’s obviously in a complete mess.