Kevin Kline

At the Old Globe, digging into the mysteries of 'Hamlet'

At the Old Globe, digging into the mysteries of 'Hamlet'

A few things can be said for certain about "Hamlet": It's a work of almost incalculable influence, the lodestone of Western literature.

It has served - for centuries now - as a gold standard against which theater artists measure themselves.

And it's a saga steeped in grief and loss and a preoccupation with the "undiscover'd country" (to borrow from the play's most famous speech) of death.

What else defines Shakespeare's 400-year-old masterwork is what makes the play "Hamlet" - which is to say, its status as a magnificent enigma, a piece that can be endlessly interpreted and investigated and second-guessed but never really pinned...

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