Anette Therese Pettersen

Masterful “Hamlet”


(…) In terms of scenography and costumes, the performance is restricted to three colours white, black and red, which is quite symbolic. Yet, speaking of direction, the whole range has been used, and I couldn’t take my eyes off the stage from the very beginning of the show. (…)
At the entr’acte I didn’t feel like leaving my seat. I shouted “More! More!” in my mind as Ofelia was dropping flowers and, subsequently, jumping into the waterfall.
As soon as the second part of the play had started, it struck me that the interval was unnecessary, as it was one of those few occasions when the idea of spending three hours in a theatre hall without intermission seems appealing. (…)
It is not only the talented actors that succumb to Koršunovas’ masterful direction, the audience does too. My sympathy for Ofelia, abhorrence towards the King and amusement towards Horatio – all part of the director’s greater plan.
According to the brochure, this rendition of “Hamlet” deals with the theme of conscience. Yet, it is not thrust upon the viewer. Rather, it is the opposite: we are encouraged to dislike the King, so as to later confront our spitefulness. During the entr’acte I had a moment of deliverance – I gave in and became yet another fan of Oskaras Koršunovas.

Anette Therese Pettersen. Masterful “Hamlet”. Dagsavisen, 2008 09 10