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Crystal Lindsay

Hamlet at the Young Vic

"Who's there" With no pause for interval, Peter Brook's production throws off the outer machinations of court and country, to better distil from Hamlet himself the sorrows of human deceit.

The soliloquies themselves are distillations of a mind circling on self's needs and what life makes necessary and Brook's editing may obsess us further but Adrian Lester's Hamlet is immaculately poised to the task.

Scott Handy as Horatio is a gracious facilitator and Jeffrey Kisson richly provocative as the usurper posed by uncle and spectral father alike.

An oriental musician tunes action and atmosphere in a multi-racial cast and, in a zen-like circle, the final moment closes to a beginning.

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