Simm is a different, intriguing Hamlet - bitter, caustic, occasionally cruel and surprisingly funny at times.
Yet it's Simm who obviously takes centre-stage. His soliloquies are enunciated perfectly, allowing the audience to enjoy the rhythm and flow of Shakespeare's language. His 'to be or not to be' is a particular highlight, delivered in a tense, wired and sometimes yearning manner. Yet, perhaps unsurprisingly, he's more effective playing off other cast members - the scenes with Opehlia provide a real frisson, and by the time he's confronting Gertrude, bellowing "where is thy blush" and stamping on a photo of Claudius, the atmosphere is nothing less than electric.
This site is very intriguing (thank you jinxed for broadening my horizons and bring it to my attention! After my mini rant about what are the requirements to be a critic, it appears that musicOHM has taken matters into their own hands: "musicOMH is a diverse and completely independent reviews and features publication, covering music, films and theatre."
"...the Sheffield Crucible has struck gold by casting John Simm in this production by Paul Miller." Sets the tone of the review quite nicely, doesn't it?
Set design merits are in the eye of the beholder - the BBC Radio 4 Front Row broadcast felt that the players disappeared into the stark, grey set. "This austere set design means that the audience can concentrate on the performances, which are uniformly excellent."
Great fun to read (always a joy to read positive critique of our boy's efforts).Does concur with the consensus of our esteemed forum "reviewers" as well! ;D