In his latest book 50 Literature Ideas You Really Need to Know, John Sutherland says this about Hamlet: "Every age interprets the play's enigmas differently, sometimes wildly so (is Hamlet mad, enquired Oscar Wilde; or merely the critics of Hamlet?). The nineteenth century saw the Prince of Denmark as a noble philosopher. Coleridge hazarded, proudly, that he had a 'smack of Hamlet' in himself. In the twentieth century, it's not unusual for Hamlet to be seen by feminist critics as a homicidal, sexually predatory brute, spouting stale truisms and obnoxious self-pity. Has anyone, over the centuries, got Hamlet (or Hamlet) right, or has everyone? Can anyone?" (pp. 8-9)
While writing about other plays, I often spend time recounting the story. This is, I think, unnecessary for Shakespeare's Hamlet, as everybody seems or claims to know it. Even if you are unfamiliar with the plot, it is possible that you can recognise some of the lines from it: "Frailty, thy name is woman!" (Act 1, Scene 2), "There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so." (Act 2, Scene 2), "To be or not to be: That is the question." (Act 3, Scene 1), "Rich gifts wax poor when givers prove unkind." (Act 3, Scene 1), "I will speak daggers to her, but use none." (Act 3, Scene 2), "When sorrows come, they come not single spies, but in battalions." (Act 4, Scene 5), "The rest is silence." (Act 5, Scene 2), etc. etc. etc.
1'Nunnery' was also a street slang meaning brothel.
This is a review of the performance on New Year's Eve.