If you’re a Shakespeare’s purist, maybe this will shock you a bit, but classical’s theatre lovers’ will really appreciate this version of Hamlet, a melting pot of Chinese and European culture.
The show embraces the sophisticated and delicate art in the Chinese style, thanks to the origin of the actor, Jared Xin (Chengjian Xin), with the word and the fierce of the North European theatre, Shakespeare the author of this plays set in Denmark.
Jared wrote this piece by himself, thanks to a fresh and enthusiastic approach, showing his skills and passion, mainly because it’s not common to watch a show with such a lot of twists. The backstage voice of Hamlet’s father, the sword dance, the battle wearing the mask are just a few of the sensational moments you can expect watching the piece.
Everyone knows both the story and the monologue, but not everyone has the ability to summarize so many emotions in just a monologue with the perfect mixture of both cultures, merging the East and the West, a path which started hundreds of years ago.
Many European people have been fascinated by it, many people dreamt about the Far East, where the sun rises. And this is the case of Jared, a young actor ready for the challenge, to conquer the UK thanks to his background. And as a coincidence, a Danish expression says: “No matter how much you succeed, never ever forget your roots”.
It’s the European culture what the East wants to look like, something to aspire, something to dream about.
The two worlds dream about each other, so different but so close sometimes, we are only human being after all, as in this modern version of Hamlet.
And today, more than in the past, London is a multicultural center, where different cultures crash together, in a combination that did not exist before, that no one could ever predict.
This is the beauty of The Hamlet in Jared’s mind, eyes and arms.
And in the theory of the opposite, yin and yang, Old and New, East and West.