Hamlet the Anti Ageist

By Bob Morrell on September 30, 2021

We recently attended an age-blind, colour blind, gender-blind production of Hamlet at the Theatre Royal Windsor starring Ian McKellen at 82, as the prince of Denmark.

Jeremy had met Ian many years before, and he we were sitting on the stage, with 30 lucky people, watching him perform, as close as you could get without being in the play.

In this show, the Prince was 82. The King, his uncle, was 72, his mother 64, his friend Horatio 30, Polonius was played by a woman of 64, and on we go. The point of this, is that the age of anyone, their gender or colour was ultimately irrelevant, as it should be. Acting is purely that. Pretending to be something you are not (which Ian very clearly described when he was in Extras).

If you accept that, suspend your disbelief, which can be hard in modern theatre, you suddenly connect with the words, tone, inflection and the story, being told by a series of great actors – in this case one of the greatest living! He moved like a younger man, sounded like one, ran about like one.

It was remarkable. It also shamed us into thinking about times when we have looked at someone and judged them, consciously or not, based on their age, gender, or race. Talent, ability, potential doesn’t fall away at 55, or 60, or 65. This type of experience brings that sharply into our perspective.

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