Hello! I know this isn't a question but I would really appreciate it if you could post this because I've have a few BC fans get snotty with me about BC Playing Hamlet. Ben will never be the best Hamlet, there never will be a 'best Hamlet' there will only be Great Hamlets, so many amazing actors have played the part. Please refrain from saying that Ben will be the best especially if you haven't seen other performances to compare it to. Thank you!
I shall post it as requested but on your own head be it. I’m not a fan of telling people what they shouldn’t say but yes indeed of course many many many actors have played Hamlet. So far (either live, on film or via recordings) I’ve seen Kenneth Branagh, Rory Kinnear, Ben Whishaw, Simon Russell Beale, David Tennant, Jude Law, Ethan Hawke, Mel Gibson (might want to skip those last two), Michael Sheen, an all female version several years ago which was immense and my personal favourite Stephen Dillane. Not to mention countless amateur productions. Every actor brings their own interpretation and vibrancy to the text as indeed will Benedict.
But don’t be harsh on those who haven’t seen the role played before and in their excitement may be declaring Benedict to be the best ever a year before he sets foot on the stage. That enthusiasm to support Benedict will mean that people who may never have seen Hamlet before will be buying tickets to see it at the Barbican and hopefully they’ll love the experience so much that they might go pick up a £5 groundling ticket to the Globe and discover a love of theatre and Shakespeare.
I’d like to add to this that my message wasn’t intended to be rude and It looks like people are interpreting it that way, I think that Benedict will be great and I’m a big fan of him myself and I really hope new people enjoy both Benedict’s as the Bard’s work.
However just remember that thousands of actors have played the role, and there are so many adaptions of It that it would be really hard to pin point the best ever Hamlet.