A version of Shakespeare’s Hamlet
by Julia Stubbs Hughes
presented by 20 South Street
“Purpose is but the slave to memory”
Hamlet the King is dead. Hamlet the Prince is dead. All are dead but one. Horatio alone survives, standing amongst the fallen. Hamlet our brother brings Horatio, the observer to a tragedy, centre stage in this one-man exploration into the aftermath of Shakespeare’s most famous play.
Julia Stubbs Hughes has taken William Shakespeare’s Hamlet and using only the play’s text, recreated it into an invigorating, one-man re-imagining of the play, told from a new perspective.
Julia’s first play Summer, an adaptation of Edith Wharton’s ground-breaking novel, premiered at the Jack Studio Theatre in 2012 and was then published. She is currently developing her third play, a stage adaptation of Anais Nin’s short novel Stella.
Reviews from the Production
‘Julia Stubbs Hughes has deconstructed the play and reconstructed it using only Shakespeare’s text to look at the events from the perspective of the survivor… she has created an intriguing monologue for an actor and Jeffrey Mundell rises splendidly to the challenge, delivering the famous set pieces handsomely and keeping the attention of the audience throughout… As a contribution to the 400th anniversary of his death celebrations this is certainly one of the more interesting offerings.’
‘Mundell’s intense, physical performance is fantastic, as are the design components. Karl Swinyard’s set, two rows of copper pipes forming a cell-like corner, is simple but creates striking shadows with Katie Nicolls’ lighting.’
The Play’s The Thing UK
‘Under Timothy Stubbs Hughes’ direction, Jeffrey Mundell has a heavy task: he has to reflect on Hamlet’s journey as Horatio and then also become all of Hamlet’s characters. With no one to play off of and with a vast amount of lines to deliver without an interval, Mundell’s focused commitment is very impressive… Katie Nicoll’s lighting design accompanies it very effectively, with clever, delicate lights… The music, composed by Philip Matejtschuk successfully aids the atmosphere of the piece, occasionally adding dramatic tension to the scenes.’
A Younger Theatre
‘All characters that feature in this version of Hamlet are played by Jeffrey Mundell, who displays a broad versatility, more than capable of handling the various emotions and personalities of different characters… Katie Nicoll’s lighting design is subtle and effective, and in a smaller studio space, some of Shakespeare’s lines are given a more understated treatment… if you like your one-actor one-act shows, you’ll very likely enjoy this one too.’
London Theatre 1
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Production Images from Hamlet our brother at the Jack Studio Theatre