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|Brook's Hamlet Gets Young Vic Run|
- New take on Shakespeare's great tragedy set for August
DIRECTOR Peter Brook brings a new Hamlet to the Young Vic this August. Brook's reworking of the Bard's masterpiece is currently touring internationally.
The Tragedy of Hamlet premiered in Paris last year before Brook's production of Le Costume, the South African tale of the cuckolded husband who wreaks his revenge on his rival's suit, opened at The Young Vic. Now in his seventies, Brook has a reputation for innovative interpretations of classic texts.
Comprising a cast of just eight, only two thirds of Shakespeare's original text, and starring the young black British actor Adrian Lester, Brook's version of Hamlet is no exception. His focus on the doomed prince's friendship with the scholar Horatio promises an unusual take on what is often seen as a study in kingship and corruption. "I owe one hundred percent of my success to the input of my actors," says Brook.