Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

What the Critics Say

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

What the Critics Say

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Daily Mail "Flitting across the stage with an athletic intensity, Cumberbatch was walking in the footsteps of the greats ... By the time he took his bows three hours later, drenched in sweat, the audience were on their feet, clamouring for more.

"For this Hamlet in a hoodie was electrifying, a performance that veered from moments of genuinely hilarious comedy to plunge down to the very depths of throat scalding tragedy.

"Taking his triumphant bows at the end, Cumberbatch thanked the audience then headed off into the wings. He looked happy but exhausted and no wonder. Good night, sweet prince. You were completely amazing."

The Daily Telegraph (no rating given) "This play has three weeks to run in before it opens to the critics. Cumberbatch's interpretation of the title role is going to shift and develop. He already commands and surprises, there are laughs and shocks, and with a cast that includes the always moving and intelligent Ciaran Hinds as Hamlet's murdering uncle Claudius, he is ably supported This both popular and hugely talented actor has staked out the greatest part in drama, it will be fascinating to see how he masters it. …

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