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Published on May 26, 2011
This Hamlet from Yekaterinburg in Central Russia is like a pagan celebration. The play is directed by the actor, playwright and director Nikolaï Kolyada, a leading figure on the contemporary Russian theatre scene whom the Athens Festival is proud to introduce to Greek audiences.
Deconstructing the Shakespearean text, Kolyada rewrites the dark prince's big questions on stage with minimal apparatus and powerful images. A challenging production from a theatre company that has even had to face up to the Russian Mafia in defence of its art, this Hamlet has enjoyed a rapturous reception at festivals around the world.