I am currently reading my way through a long list of science fiction and fantasy titles. (http://www.npr.org/2011/08/07/138938145/science-fiction-and-fantasy-finalists if you are interested in the list).
I went to an encore screening of Hamlet, starring Benedict Cumberbatch this weekend. I went in a bit skeptical, thinking that he might be a bit too old to be playing the part of a young man in university, but he won me over.
Hamlet is my favourite Shakespearean play and it’s been a long time since I saw it performed. It remains my fav, and I’m so impressed with how many quotes and sayings from the play are still widely used in current discourse.
The theatre, naturally, was filled with mostly grey-haired folk, so there was a bit of a universal snort when Hamlet tells his mother that she’s old and shouldn’t be interested in sex anymore! Since this is the first time I’ve seen the play since losing my own parents, I found myself much more sympathetic to Hamlet’s situation however, expected to get over the death of his father in a mere two months!
A most enjoyable experience.