Hamleton the London stage is nothing new. Revivals come like clockwork and Shakespeare's tragic hero is a rite of passage for the likes of David Tennant, Andrew Scott, Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hiddleston.
But a new production, originally scheduled for summer 2020 but postponed until 2021, is refreshing perceptions of the indecisive prince Hamlet. Cush Jumbo makes her Young Vic debut, breaking the reign of white men to play the young Dane. She'll join the ranks of Maxine Peake and Michelle Terry in breaking gender convention.
Famous around the world for playing Lucca Quinn in hit sitcom The Good Wife and spin-off series The Good Fight, the British actor also have proven clout on stage and extensive experience playing Shakespeare at the Globe and Manchester's Royal Exchange Theatre. Jumbo's magnetic Mark Antony in the Donmar's 2012 all-female Julius Caesar scored an Olivier nomination and her self-penned one-woman play Josephine won an Emerging Talent Award and a transatlantic transfer.
This Hamlet reunites Jumbo with director Greg Hersov, who she worked with to great success in As You Like it and Pygmalion in Manchester.
Aside from the lead casting, details about the production are sparse. But anyone who has had the pleasure of seeing Cush Jumbo on stage before will already be itching to see her take on 'To be or not to be'.
|What||Cush Jumbo as Hamlet, Young Vic|
|Where||The Young Vic, 66 The Cut, Waterloo, London, SE1 8LZ | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Southwark (underground)|
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