Hamlet 3D (The Director's Cut)
Denmark 2015. Hamlet returns home to Elsinore Castle from his studies at Wittenberg Film School to find his world turned upside down. After a visit from the ghost of his dead father, Hamlet is compelled to direct a new blockbuster based on the sinister events of the past four months in Elsinore. Hamlet's play within a film within a film within a play receives a mauling from critics and family alike. The screening has serious repercussions that spread throughout the kingdom.Expect the unexpected and steel yourself for a comedy of tragic proportions. A punchy patchwork of pentameter, punnery and pulp fiction. Equally fun for die-hard Bardics or newcomers to Willy .
The Need for a Crowdfunder Campaign
The show was a great success in Edinburgh but it has transpired that we need some help boosting our profile and ticket sales in London. Raising the target figure would ensure we could cover all of our rehearsal, technical, advertising, casting and box office costs and then pay the creative team an even profitshare . Any further profits from the show and donations from the campaign would then be invested in developing the project into a longer show, with a view to taking it on a tour of the UK in 2016. We would also like to film the entire show on location / studio and make it into a feature presentation. Anyone pledging £50 or above would receive exclusive copies of these before we release it into the public domain. Of course all of this costs £ and whatever you can spare would go a long way.In terms of the London production costs, they look something like this:£100 / Marketing and advertising / already spent
£100 / Marketing and advertising / still to spend
£500 / Technical and box office staffing
£100 / Set, costume and rehearsal
Once we have covered these costs then any profits will then be split evenly between the Cast and Creative team of six. Any additional funding we receive will be used to invest further performances of the show and future productions.
Prasie for Hamlet 3D (The Director's Cut)
The show was also positively received by our sell out audience in Edinburgh. Here is a small selection of some of the feedback we got during our sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe 2015.
'A tour-de-force. A frighteningly funny ensemble piece worthy of its sell-out audience
Things are not right in Elsinore: the king is dead, Claudius has married his widow and young Hamlet is creatively frustrated in his work as a film director. What follows is one of the most self-aware and funny interpretations of Shakespeare’s Hamlet you could ask for. And even better, although the show wildly oscillates between subtle and utterly bizarre, it’s a surprisingly faithful distillation of Hamlet into a single 55-minute show, using a very minimal set. To pick apart the cast is impossible because they are all so strong in their myriad parts. There is no weak link in this production, and it shows: every cast member has impeccable comic timing (and surprisingly strong accent work). Fittingly, all of them are rapier-sharp, and deliver both modified soliloquies and farcical physical comedy with equal skill. They are the show’s biggest strength and greatest asset, and they should all be proud of their performances'.
'As far as starting your day goes, this is a very entertaining choice. The audience is merrily guided through an hour-long version of ‘Hamlet’ (admittedly with much less of the tragedy). The actors gleefully run across the stage in bedsheet costumes and silly hats, bringing high energy and humour to the production. It’s pleasing in its evident enjoyment of Shakespeare, this is a charming and irreverent show.
'Hamlet 3D tackles Hamlet with humour, a mix of contemporary and Elizabethan language. There are also projections on a hung sheet, giving locations and times of events and allowing one performer to appear as two characters simultaneously, one face on screen and one on stage.
The cast of five flit nimbly through the tale with self-referential comedy and clear characters. Hamlet seems more a spoilt teenager and what really matters to him is his desire to be a film director. This allows for film student references galore. The device works in conjunction with the projections – ‘a film’s the thing wherein I’ll catch the conscience of the king’
There is skill in the adaptation of Hamlet to a comedy, with Shakespeare’s words well used and put into contexts that help them to be clearly communicated through competent performances. There are lots of amusing modern references, particularly relating to films, and the contemporary setting allows interesting ideas, such as a Skype call between Laertes and Polonius, and references to 3D woven into a rather famous – and very much adapted – speech.
Hamlet 3D offers plenty of laughs and the threads of Shakespeare and modern elements are well-woven through the script'.
Edfringe.com Public Reviews
Christine McDerment: Good fun. Hamlet in less than an hour with references to Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, The Matrix and practically every film ever made. Shakespearian verse at first lulls you into familiarity but slowly gives way to modern usage while an energetic young cast romp through the play thoroughly enjoying themselves.
Linda Watt: Back again and it did not disappoint. Very clever and funny and you do not need to be a Shakespeare fan to enjoy.
Michelle L: Plenty of references to other Shakespeare plays and movies. The action moves on a pace and is easy to follow even if you do not know the play.
Martin: Excellent way to start the day. Great acting and enthusiasm, witty script too.
Amused of the Globe: I think the true sign of an excellent comedy show is when everyone in the audience is smiling broadly as they come out, as they do here... An excellent hardworking cast make a fine job of the task of adding humour to a fairly dark play, with no weaker performances. Good pace, comic timing and some interesting additions of modern day film references make this production a warm, comfortable and amusing way to start the day.
Claire: Just saw this and thought it was wonderful! Clever, topical and very funny. Irreverent, well written and laugh out loud funny - exactly what the fringe is all about.
@DeanHach / Wonderfully clever show
@catch22frances / Absolutely loved it. Clever, funny, great cast. Laugh out loud. @swolenmaiden / 10 out of 10 would do again @LesleyNashCNL / Outstandingly funny and witty... Hamlet as you've never seen him
@DameDenning / a triumph! brilliant, funny show
Trailer for Hamlet 3Dhttps://youtu.be/JRyEnyBT9aACast and Creative
Writer / Director / ProducerJames trained at the University of Birmingham and the Guildford School of Acting. James was part of the team who founded Music Box : The Improvised Comedy Musical in 2010 and has been performing with them regularly ever since. He is also the current Artistic Director. As an actor he has performed in theatres around the world including King Lear in Shakespeare for Breakfast (2007), Vershinin in Three Sisters (2010) Don Pedro in Much Ado About Nothing (2012), Beta / Zeus in Unmythable (2013). TV/Film credits include The Infidel and Secret Diary of a Call Girl James has also written, performed and directed with NewsRevue, Ready Made Theatre, The Treason Show and Teatro Vivo.
Co Writer / King Claudius / Ghost / Gary
Jack Darell has trained with the LIPA, CSSD, Ken Campbell, NoFitState Circus, and the Nomadic Academy of Fools. Professional acting work began in Liverpool's Kazimier, Unity Theatre, Playhouse and ECHO Arena. Having performed with theatre companies across the UK, Ireland, and Europe, Jack moved to London in 2012. His credits on stage and screen so far include Secret Cinema, Future Shorts, NatGeoTv, Secret Theatre, and CRAFT. When not onstage he can often be found dressed in tights and playing a lute by the nearest riverbank.
Co Writer / Gertrude / Frank of the Night's Watch
Caitlin spent this summer with Shakespeare for Breakfast and This is Soap having performed with HookHitch Theatre last year in 5* show, The Despondent Divorcée and Mildred and the Midnight City. Caitlin graduated from the Guildford School of Acting in 2014 and since then has performed with the Soho Young Company and was given her own comedy show on RoundHouse Radio. Caitlin’s solo show Flush is currently in development and due to tour next spring with MissyMya Entertainment.
Co Writer / Horatio / Polonius
James Irving studied music at Durham University before receiving his M.A. in Music Theatre from The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. He currently lives in London and is delighted to back performing for a third year at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Professional Theatre and Music appearances include: Matt Hucklebee – The Fantasticks (Jermyn Street Theatre), West End at the Fringe (Edinburgh Fringe), Sylvester Cloud – Flahooley (Lost Musical, Sadler’s Wells), Tom – Gay’s the Word (Finborough Theatre), Side by Side (Edinburgh Fringe), L’Enfant et let Sortileges (Barbican Theatre), Peter – Blue Remembered Hills (E.M.Forster Theatre), War Games (Royal Institute of Music), Patience (Buxton Opera House). James also appears regularly as a principal baritone for Grim’s Dyke Opera. Recording credits include: Gay’s the Word – Revival cast album (Jay Records), Grim’s Dyke - Summer Festival recordings.
Co Writer / Hamlet
Robbie is a recent graduate of the Oxford School of Drama and also studied at The Universiy of Birmingham. His work in theatre includes Ink, Five Minutes of Fame and NewsRevue at the Canal Cafe Theatre, Boris Godunov at the Jack Studio Theatre; and Luck of the Draw at Charterhouse & Brighton Emporium. Theatre credits whilst training include Toby in How to Find us (Soho Theatre); Dr. Banner in After the Dance; Roderigo in Othello: Deconstructed (North Wall Arts Centre); Woodcutter in Blood Wedding; Solyony in The Three Sisters; and the voice of the Plant in Little Shop of Horrors. His film work includes Piers in Loaded and Max in Island.
Ophelia / Laertes
(Beth's biog to follow soon)
Of course we'd love it even more if you could come and see the show in person. Putting bums on every seat is our ultimate goal. But if geography or prior comittments prevent you then perhaps this could be a way of supporting the project.
If you are unable to make a monetary pledge perhaps you could share our event page with any friends or family or friendly reviewers you have in London (or surrounding areas) who you think may be intereted in some top stage comedy.