Jude Law as the Prince of Denmark? Well, Law may not be the film actor you've been secretly hoping might undertake this Mt. Everest challenge of classical roles (Ryan Gosling, anyone?), but he's certainly got to be the most dashing melancholy Dane in recent memory. Yet apparently the charm is more than skin deep. This London import was one heckuva tough ticket in London's West End, where critics extolled the charisma and vocal clarity of Law's portrayal. Directed by Michael Grandage, this Donmar Warehouse production features the redoubtable Geraldine James as Gertrude. Surely, the Oedipal sparks, a "Hamlet" cliché since the Laurence Olivier film, will be earned this time around.
Broadway's Broadhurst Theatre, New York, opens Oct. 6.