Theatre
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Hamlet

By William Shakespeare
with extracts from “Die Hamletmaschine” by Heiner Müller
Translation by Angela Schanelec and Jürgen Gosch
Script by Jeroen Versteele

Schauspielhaus Bochum

Premiere 15 June 2019

In this production from Bochum, William Shakespeare’s timeless and fascinating character of Hamlet is played by Sandra Hüller in a continuation of her long-standing collaboration with Johan Simons.

Hamlet

Hamlet. Sandra Hüller

© JU Bochum

  • 2 h 30 min, one interval

King Hamlet is dead, murdered by his brother Claudius who has taken over the throne. Young Hamlet decides to search for explanations and a morally consistent strategy. In Johan Simons’ reduced production of Shakespeare’s classic play, Sandra Hüller is a radically honest Hamlet. On an almost empty stage, steeped in a harsh white light, she sets out to penetrate a thick web of lies, manipulation and power-struggles. At her side: Gina Haller as a realist, laid-back Ophelia in personal union with Horatio.

Statement of the Jury

The truth is at stake here, nothing more and nothing less. At Schauspielhaus Bochum, the country’s rulers, corrupted by power and deliberately portrayed as merely average, see Sandra Hüller’s diaphanous Hamlet as an increasing and incalculable risk: Overwhelmed by a vision, Hamlet her*himself has effectively experienced her*his father’s murder in Johan Simons’ production. Quietly, manically, she*he exerts herself to find out what is really going on and, thus, what is the morally consequent thing to do. Gina Haller as Ophelia – and also as Horatio – is by Hüller’s side. She is evidently a match for Hamlet: feisty and stubborn, clever, casually fun-loving, level-headed and 100 percent caring. An impressively severe understatement is the order of the day on this stage, designed by Johannes Schütz and encircled by danger. Instead of the customary bloodbath, we witness a tidy and subtly ironic clean-up campaign. Except: Hüller’s relentlessly upright Hamlet is too late to save a world that has been ruled into ruin. And that is the true tragedy.

Cast

Director Johan Simons
Stage and Costume Design Johannes Schütz
Music Mieko Suzuki
Assistance Music Lukas Tobiassen
Sound Direction Will-Jan Pielage
Lighting Design Bernd Felder
Assistance Lighting Design Ingrid Pons i Miras
Dramaturgy Jeroen Versteele
Assistance Dramaturgy Felicitas Arnold

Hamlet, Prince of Denmark Sandra Hüller
Claudius, King of Denmark, Hamletʼs uncle Stefan Hunstein
Gertrud, Queen, Hamletʼs Mother, now Claudiusʼ wife Mercy Dorcas Otieno
Polonius, chief councillor Bernd Rademacher
Laertes, Poloniusʼ son Dominik Dos-Reis
Ophelia, Poloniusʼ daughter Gina Haller
Rosencrantz, courtier Konstantin Bühler
Guildenstern, courtier Ulvi Teke
Fortinbras, Prince of Norway Mourad Baaiz
Gravedigger 1 Jing Xiang
Gravedigger 2 Ann Göbel
Musician Mieko Suzuki

Hamlet. Video trailer

© Schauspielhaus Bochum

Performing rights: Verlag der Autoren, Frankfurt am Main
Performing rights “Die Hamletmaschinet”: henschel SCHAUSPIEL Theaterverlag Berlin