all of hamlet’s problems would have been solved had horatio nominated him for queer eye
Karamo in the cutaway: “When Hamlet told me about his issues with his uncle, I knew exactly how to help him. I can see that he has it in him to murder Claudius, but first he has to decide to do it for himself.”
*cut to Karamo taking Hamlet to go skydiving* “This is going to help you take the plunge. If you can jump out of a plane, you can avenge your father’s death.”
Hamlet: I was about to wuss out of the whole murdering my uncle thing when my dad appeared
concept: a production of hamlet where none of the actors are younger than 65. everyone is old. specifically, hamlet is played by ian mckellen, and gertrude is played by betty white. nothing else about the play changes.
You know what? This is an awesome idea.
Youth and romance aren’t very big themes in the play, and having all the characters older wouldn’t interfere with these themes at all, but give them an interesting perspective. For one thing, it would make any romance between Hamlet and Ophelia or Hamlet and Horatio not all that different at all than that between Gertrude and Claudius.
And Hamlet’s judgemental attitude towards Gertrude and Claudius’ relationship would have a very different context. “For at
age the hey-day in the blood is tame, it’s humble, and waits upon the judgement” comes across rather differently if Hamlet himself is decidedly no longer a young man.
And Laertes and Ophelia as very much grown up siblings? Yes please!