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The New York Times ran an interview this week with Jude Law. The actor is about to appear in New York in the compelling Michael Grandage production of Hamlet. I thought Law's performance extremely moving when I saw it in London, and I suspect there is every chance of him causing a stir on Broadway.

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The appeal to Jude Law of playing Hamlet must have been the absence of vulgarity. In the darkness of the auditorium he would be treated as a theatre actor rather than a soap opera. And, indeed, his performance was textbook perfect – a little cautiously so. I noticed he had a graceful athleticism about him, but put that to the back of my mind.

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When I recalled Jonathan Freedland's characterisation of Gordon Brown as combining "the jealousy of Othello, the ambition of Macbeth and the indecision of Hamlet", a commenter drew my attention to Howard Jacobson's remarkable use of Shakespearean themes in his analysis of the Blair-Brown relationship in December 2007. I missed it at the time. I wish I hadn't.

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First-night nerves mingle with concern for Jude Law as the actor takes on the role of the Ghost in a new London production of 'Hamlet'

First Night: Arcadia, Duke of York Theatre, London

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First Night: Hamlet, Wyndham's Theatre, London

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Culture: Jude Law may have underdog appeal as Hamlet

Poor Jude Law. He must be quaking in his boots. He's been talking about playing Hamlet in the West End for at least seven years and the moment has finally arrived. He opens as the Dane at Wyndham's Theatre on Friday – and rarely have the critics' knives been so far out of their scabbards.

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Until now, owning a rustic retreat in the depths of the Tuscan countryside meant expensive renovations and costly upkeep. But as Janet Street-Porter discovers, there is an alternative

Dido, Queen of Carthage, Cottesloe, National Theatre London

Apart from a garbled version in the Globe six years ago, Marlowe's first play is barely known and the first thing to say about this riveting revival by James Macdonald is: about bloody time, too! References to the play crop up in Hamlet and A Midsummer Night's Dream, and you could say that Antony and Cleopatra is in some ways a rewrite.

New Boy, Trafalgar Studios, London

The new boy on the block is Hamlet for the Skins generation, and as played by Nicholas Hoult of that E4 television "edgy teen drama" about a bunch of horrid party monsters, the claim is not unreasonable. He's not missing his parents much – they were liberal, easy on drugs but he is genuinely mixed up, mostly about his own sexuality.

First Night: New Boy, Trafalgar Studios, London

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