Launched two and a half years before the collapse of the dictatorship, Hamlet is the result of a fortunate encounter between a sensitive director and a public mood that is tense and hungry for change, and it will be a huge sensation, a real milestone. The Cluj performance is under a double influence: it is at the crossroads of Hungarian and Romanian theatre. The absurdist elements, the mixture of the old and the new, and the eclecticism of the music all complement the diversity of the acting styles. The mix of genres reflects the transition in which the production is being created, marking the beginning of a process of modernisation in Transylvanian theatre. In addition to this, the premise of Hamlet, as discussed by its creators, is that only art can save the world, and the title protagonist is a metaphor for a pure conscience and humanism struggling to survive in the face of political oppression.
How to cite:
Theatron 17, 2. sz. (2023): 161–175.
Cím/Title (ENG): The Rebellion of Eclecticism. Gábor Tompa: Hamlet, 1987.
Keywords: Gábor Tompa, Hamlet, theatre under dictatorship, resistance, turn of the times