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Is Hamlet Mad?
Different productions of Shakespeare often emphasise different aspects of characters in order to create a unique dramatic experience and encourage audiences to look at old stories in new and refreshing ways.
's adaption of Hamlet emphasises the central character's madness to create a version of the play which is humorous, powerful and chilling in altogether different ways than the original.
Ian Rickson's Hamlet
had the entire play set in a mental institution, to pressure the idea of his madness, and indeed that of the surrounding characters.