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Short, sweet, first thoughts on RADA Hamlet…

… by an emotionally drained me on the way home at 1.40 am.

I guess it’s got ‘spoilers’ if you don’t want to know how they staged some of it, so just be aware and don’t say you weren’t warned.

It’s the best thing I’ve ever seen on stage, and now quite possibly the best thing I’ve ever seen Tom Hiddleston in. (His Henry V was always my firm favourite)

I’ll write up my exact thoughts on the production as a whole tomorrow when I’ve had time to gather my thoughts and notes, but for now, I present you with the shallow squeals of a fan.

It’s the most intimate, incredible game of tennis.

I looked from one player to the next quickly as they delivered their lines.

Tom was born to play Hamlet.

Hell, just to be on stage doing Shakespeare.

I am further in awe of that man’s talent, just when I think he can’t get any better.

He pauses perfectly at the piano.

He lets his voice break as he sings.

He was so close to me, that when he got mad, I could see the vein in his temple pop.

I could see his tears glistening as they ran down his cheek.

He stood in front of me (though not looking at me) as he delivered “To be or Not to Be” and I cried.

He’s hilarious, and he’s heartbreaking.

The dancing is great. (Probably did his own choreography haha)

He dry humps the couch.

He’s turned so, from where I sat, he was facing my way as he spreads his legs, rests one hand on the back of the sofa, and he slowly gyrates towards the cushions a few times.

My eyes bulged.

He picks the women up with ease and wings them around while laughing.

The Scottish accent.

The jeans were basically sprayed on.

Left little to the imagination!

His top looked like someone had put it in the dryer by accident and it had shrunk - it kept riding up his stomach.

So every minute or so you got a flash of tummy and treasure trail, and he’s trying to pull it back down, but it sort of springs back up.

He looked at me three times with tears in his eyes and a heartbreaking expression.

Helena Bonham Carter and Allie Esiri (LoveBook app and A Poem for Every Night of the Year author) were in the audience tonight.

And he left with them - because I happened to be walking to my car and saw Tom leaving with them, so we said “hey tom! It was incredible!”

He smiled, sort of waved, and said “Thank you very much!”

All in all, one of the best nights ever.

I will never forget what I witnessed or how it made me feel.

Well done to King Kenneth Branagh, the cast, crew, and everyone at RADA.


New York

Jae Yoo (4): Michael Bastian, Black Sail by Nautica, J. Crew, Asaf Ganot

Lee Joo Young (4): Adam Selman, Carmen Marc Valvo, Rosie Assoulin (open), Zero + Maria Cornejo

Kim Sung Hee (15): Creatures of the Wind, Cushnie et Ochs, Richard Chai, Helmut Lang, Opening Ceremony, Rebecca Taylor, Yigal Azrouel, Tibi, Adeam, Ohne Titel, Reem Acra, Bragley Mischka, Kaufmanfranco, Anna Sui, MM6 Maison Martin Margiela

Kwak Ji Young (13): Adam Selman, Tess Gibberson, Nicole Miller, Thakoon, Adeam, Hache, Dennis Basso, Honor, Jenny Packham, J. Crew, Polo Ralph Lauren, Elizabeth and James, The Academy of Art University

Lee Saet Byeol (3): Kitty Xiaomara, Meskita, Zana Bayne

Park Ji Hye (11): Adam Selman (open), Creatures of the Wind, Helmut Lang, Peter Som, DKNY, Diane von Furstenberg, Opening Ceremony, Theory, Oscar de la Renta, Michael Kors, J. Mendel

Park Sung Jin (11): Todd Synder, Bosideng, KYE, Siki Im, Public School (open), Custo Barcelona, Kenneth Cole, Ovadia and Sons, Patrick Ervell, Kenneth Cole, J. Crew

Noma Han (10): Richard Chai, Ernest Alexander, Orley, Eponymovs By Hvrminn, Lacoste, Public School, Beyond Closet, Rochambeau, Billy Reid, Skingraft

Soo Joo (9): Peter Som, Rebecca Minkoff (open & close), Adeam (open & close), Hood by Air (open), DKNY, Ohne Titel (close), Zac Posen, Oscar de la Renta, Jeremy Scott

Yana Shmaylova (7): Rebecca Minkoff, Emerson, Creatures of Comfort, Karen Walker, Libertine, MM6 Maison Martin Margiela, Nanette Lapore


Gigi Jeon (2): Christopher Raeburn, Orla Kiely

Jennifer Koch (3): Christopher Raeburn, Osman, Meadham Kirchhoff

Kim Sung Hee (10): Todd Lynn, John Rocha, Julien Macdonald, Joseph, Matthew Williamson, Paul Smith, Matthew Williamson, Burberry Prorsum, Antonio Berardi, Ashish

Kwak Ji Young (6): Eudon Choi, Paul Smith, Issa, Simone Rocha (open & close), Michael Van der Ham, Ashish

Park Ji Hye (4): Preen by Thornton Bregazzi, Jonathan Saunders, Paul Smith, Topshop Unique

Yana Shmaylova (4): Marios Schwarb, Simone Rocha, Ashish, Meadham Kirchhoff


Kim Sung Hee (13): Fay, Simonetta Ravizza, Just Cavalli, Moschino, Sportmax, Etro, Tod’s, Roberto Cavalli, Cividini, Gabriele Colangelo, Philipp Plein, Missoni, Dsquared2

Kwak Ji Young (7): Byblos, Just Cavalli, Les Copains, Antonio Marras, MSGM, Cividini, John Richmond

Park Ji Hye (3): Max Mara, Ports 1961, Dolce & Gabbana

Soo Joo (3): Fausto Puglisi, Max Mara, Moschino


Kim Sung Hee (8): Christian Dior, Vanessa Bruno, Vivienne Westwood, Kenzo, Ter et Bantine, Elie Saab, Valentin Yudashkin, Masha Ma

Kwak Ji Young (6): Veronique Laroy, Jay Ahr, Chanel, JC de Castelbajac, Veronique Branquinho, Zadig & Voltaire

Park Ji Hye (6): Aganovich, Kenzo, Chloe, Akris, Hermes, Iris van Herpen

Soo Joo (6): Vionnet, Jean Paul Gaultier, Chanel, Leonard, Iris van Herpen, Zadig & Voltaire


Gigi Jeon = 2

Jae Yoo = 4

Jennifer Koch = 3

Lee Joo Young = 4

Kim Sung Hee = 46

Kwak Ji Young = 32

Lee Saet Byeol = 3

Park Ji Hye = 24

Park Sung Jin = 11

Noma Han = 10

Soo Joo = 18

Yana Shmaylova = 11