A True Talent Lost
This week came with the tragic news that Robin Williams, star of stage and screen, had passed away. Since the 70’s, each generation has grown up with a version of Robin Williams. Whether it was the much loved character of Mork in Mork and Mindy, his legendary roles in Good Morning Vietnam, Dead Poets Society and The Birdcage, his surreal stand-up, or his family friendly films of the 90’s, Robin Williams means something to most people.
Performers at the Edinburgh Festival paid tribute, with Phill Jupitus describing Williams’ 1986 Live at the Met performance as a “game-changer”. “He really sold the stuff,” said Jupitus. “Bill Hicks had a cynicism and a knowingness, but Williams was like a child – everything was possible. His physicality was interesting – he had a great sense of play. He threw every single thing in his armoury at a gig.”
Broadway also paid a touching tribute by dimming the lights across all the theatres. Charlotte St Martin, executive director of The Broadway League said, “Robin Williams was a comedic genius with limitless talent and stunning versatility who left this world far too early. He made an impact on everyone he met or entertained,”
More Hamlet News
In other news, the tickets for the highly anticipated performance of Hamlet starring Benedict Cumberbatch sold out in record time. The tickets were for general sale but there will also be a number of £10 tickets that will be going on sale next year. The first official photograph has also been released.
The performance at the Barbican will be running from 5th August – 31st October 2015.