‘To see or not to see? I would vote yes’: SHIT-FACED SHAKESPEARE: HAMLET – Edinburgh Fringe

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Underbelly, Bristo Square (Venue 302), Edinburgh
Until 27 August 2018
Guest reviewer: Esther Moorton

To see or not to see? That is the question. But this is a hilarious take on Shakespeare’s famous Hamlet, but not as you or I know it.

In these long-running, established shows, one of the main actors is plied with alcohol pre-performance and throughout the show audience members have the authority to request more drinks for the actor.

The show takes a spin when the “shit-faced” actor playing Claudius orders Laertes and Ophelia to swap outfits. therefore Laertes now dressed as a woman and Ophelia as a man.

It is usual for Shakespeare’s plays to end tragically – but not in this case. (Well, as you can imagine it does end in death. However, it’s quite hard to be sad at such a funny performance.)

So to answer my question, To see or not to see? I would vote yes.

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Laura is a US immigrant who has lived in the UK since 2004. Originally trained as an actor with a specialism in Shakespeare, she enjoyed many pre-recession years working as a performer, director and fringe theatre producer. When the going got too tough, she took a break to work in education as a support worker, then a secondary school drama teacher. To keep up with the theatrical world, she started reviewing for Everything Theatre and Remotegoat in 2013. In 2015, Laura started teaching part time in order to get back into theatre. She is now a freelance fringe theatre producer and runs her independent blog, theplaysthethinguk.com.
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Laura Kressly
Laura is a US immigrant who has lived in the UK since 2004. Originally trained as an actor with a specialism in Shakespeare, she enjoyed many pre-recession years working as a performer, director and fringe theatre producer. When the going got too tough, she took a break to work in education as a support worker, then a secondary school drama teacher. To keep up with the theatrical world, she started reviewing for Everything Theatre and Remotegoat in 2013. In 2015, Laura started teaching part time in order to get back into theatre. She is now a freelance fringe theatre producer and runs her independent blog, theplaysthethinguk.com.

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