Don’t Doubt It. Claire McCarthy’s Revisionist Take on Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” is Fire.
Duels to the death, scheming family members, ruthless power plays, and torrid, forbidden romances. Well, how about adding a wood-dwelling witch attuned to the fine art of healing (and poisoning) a clever maiden that defies the damsel in distress trope, and a Queen Mother willing to get. shit. done. when push comes to shove?
Welcome to Shakespeare unlike you’ve seen him before. Welcome to Ophelia--a revisionist, feminist, and hopeful take on the bearded bard’s most famous, and bloodiest, play, Hamlet.
In medieval Denmark, young Ophelia (Mia Quiney), a scrappy, motherless, and a perpetually muddy-cheeked little girl moves to her kingdom’s city with her courtier father, Polonius (Dominic Mafham, C.B. Strike), and her studious brother Laertes (Calum O’Rourke). The willful and outspoken girl quickly wins over Queen Gertrude (Naomi Watts, Twin Peaks) and is offered a home at Elsinore C…