Saturday afternoon in Rome, at the theatre, with students, colleagues and friends. Not my first Hamlet, of course, but I’m always happy to see a Shakespearean play on stage.
In this staging Hamlet (Alessandro Preziosi) is an intellectual on a crisis. The troubled indecisive Prince becomes really modern. Nowadays, the role of the intellectual has lost its strength, he is incapable of “feeling” hence of “provoking” a reaction in his interlocutors.
Lights and scenes(minimalist) and music (modern) and costumes were well chosen, they really worked at underlining the pathos of the situations. But ... though ... I am sorry to say it but ... the acting was plain, or too academic at times, monotonous, uninvolving, cold. No passion, little emotion. Alessandro Preziosi/Hamlet has a great stage presence, he was moved by the best intentions, anyhow I wished for something more: not only strength but energy, not only sensations but emotions.
I had already seen - and liked - Preziosi on stage as Edmund in King Lear as well as in some TV or film productions. He became popular with the Tv costume series "Elisa di Rivombrosa" but has never stopped working on stage. I can't really say he was the worst in the cast, no, sincerely he was the best... I only was there wishing for "something more" all the time.
I saw Hamlet at the theatre last year too. Here are my impressions of that version: A SHAKESPEAREAN SATURDAY AFTERNOON.
P.S. Italian most important national channel has recenlty broadcast a drama starring Alessandro Preziosi as St. Augustine that I couldn't watch but recorded for better times. I'm going to see it as soon as possible. I'm really curious of seeing his performance in that role too. St. Augustine is also a Hamletic character.You'll see.