Schenck’s version of Shakespeare’s Hamlet is a must reading. It is BOLD. DARING. And, a BRILLIANT, BRILLIANT play! Schenk’s version of Hamlet is precisely formatted, demonstrating a high level of creativity without wasted or superfluous scenes.
Though the author has taken extensive liberties with the original play, Schenck’s changes adhere to the author’s goal. The women have been given new and enhanced characteristics while Laertes, Osric, Fortinbras, and Horatio are much better developed than Shakespeare’s version.
Schenck’s adaptation is updated to today’s political world with a powerful existential slant, fortifying the play’s appeal. From the very first opening to the last, the reader is caught fast in the play’s intrigue, and best of all, the wonderful originality of Schenck’s dialogue is used ingeniously to convey the hidden meanings that Shakespeare did not reveal.
To take a masterpiece of English theater and make it one’s own is a feat of extraordinary daring … and it succeeds as no other version has ever succeeded. Of all the Shakespearean movies and stage adaptations, this one is absolutely the best, without competition. Shakespeare would have probably marveled at Schenck’s revision and would have wholeheartedly agreed with Schenck’s added depth to his work.
Hamlet, Reimagined is a work of astonishing brilliance, surpassing Shakespeare.
Royal Palm Literary Award, 1st Place, 2018
Royal Palm Literary Award, GRAND AWARD, 2018
Category: The Dahris Clair Memorial Award for Play