A scene from AUstralian troupe Bell Shakespeare's production of Hamlet.
A scene from AUstralian troupe Bell Shakespeare's production of Hamlet. Daniel Boud

REVIEW: Hamlet's tragedy is a triumph at Norpa

THE Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, often shortened to Hamlet,  is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare at an uncertain date between 1599 and 1602.

Set in the Kingdom of Denmark, the play tells the story of the infamous revenge Prince Hamlet is instructed to bring to his own uncle, Claudius.

Claudius had murdered his brother, Hamlet's father - King Hamlet - and subsequently took the throne, marrying his deceased brother's widow, Gertrude.

Hamlet is Shakespeare's longest play and among the most powerful and influential tragedies in English literature.

Shakespeare's scholars often comment that Hamlet was Shakespeare's most popular work during his lifetime, and we can see why.

We expect a great production and terrific performances from Bell Shakespeare, but arguably the best feature of this specific production is how subtle, uncomplicated it is, making it particularly accessible, especially for those who have not had much contact with Shakespeare's work before.

This is not an easy play, it's grim and obscure, sad and - if you want - horrifying, but it is a terrific play and we are very fortunate to have a Bell Shakespeare production once again in the area.

Go see it. You will not be disappointed.



  • Hamlet:  Josh McConville
  • Ophelia:  Matilda Ridgway
  • Claudius/Ghost: Sean O'Shea
  • Gertrude: Doris Younane
  • Horatio Ivan Donato
  • Laertes/Francisco/Guildenstern: Michael Wahr
  • Polonius/Gravedigger/Norwegian Captain: Philip Dodd
  • Reynaldo/Rosencrantz/Osric/Gravedigger: Robin Goldsworthy
  • Marcellus/Voltemand/Player Queen: Julia Ohannessian
  • Bernardo/Cornelia/Player King/Fortinbras: Catherine Terracini


  • Director: Damien Ryan
  • Designer: Alicia Clements
  • Lighting Designer: Matt Cox
  • Composer & Sound Designer: Steve Francis
  • Fight and Movement Director & Assistant Director: Nigel Poulton
  • Design Assistant: Elizabeth Gadsby


Reviewer: Javier Encalada

Rating: 4.5 / 5