Jude Law has proved a big hit on Broadway. The Donmar has confirmed that they have recouped the £1.5 million ($2.5 million) costs on their production of Hamlet, in which Law stars in the title role.
The production is currently running at the Broadhurst Theatre in New York until Sunday 6th December.
Ben Brantley of The New York Times writes of Law's performance: “Hold your breath, sports fans! Here's Mr. Law, lithe and taut, bracing himself for that first tricky soliloquy, “O that this too too solid flesh would melt.” No melting here. Mr. Law, gesturing and enunciating violently, nails the speech with the attack of an electric hammer.
“But can he keep it up for “O what a rogue and peasant slave am I” and “To be or not to be” and “Alas, poor Yorick”? Yes, he can, bringing the same athletic gusto and no trace of fatigue (or modulation) to each and every one.”
I hope the Donmar can continue to build a strong relationship with New York over the coming years
It's director, Michael Grandage, said of the achievement: “I'm delighted that Hamlet has proved to be such a success in New York.”
“It is always a privilege to be part of any Broadway season and it has been particularly exciting to see so many people engaging with our first Shakespeare abroad. After Frost/Nixon, Mary Stuart and now Hamlet, I hope the Donmar can continue to build a strong relationship with New York over the coming years.”