I am Hamlet Paperback – 21 Aug 1989
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About the Author
Steven Berkoff was born in Stepney, East London and started acting at the City Literary Institute when he was 19. Following more training at the Webber Douglas School of Drama, he worked extensively in repertory theatre in England and Scotland - doing every job from understudy to stage management. In 1968 he formed his own company, the London Theatre Group. Through mime, gymnastics and voice, the Group liberated themselves from the conventions of mainstream theatre and started to evolve an innovative, more integrated theatrical language. Berkoff's encounter with the mime artist Jacque le Coq in Paris was seminal in this. Steven Berkoff's plays include East, West, Sink the Belgrano!, Decadence, Kvetch, Acapulco, Ritual in Blood, Oedipus, Messiah: Scenes from a Crucifixtion, The Secret Love Life of Ophelia, West, Decadence, Sit and Shiver, Greek, Harry's Christmas, Lunch, Acapulco, Sink the Belgrano!, Massage, Sturm und Drang and Brighton Beach Scumbags.
He has written an autobiography, Free Association, and the theatre books I Am Hamlet, Overview and Meditations on Metamorphosis. Among Berkoff's film credits are Octopussy, Beverly Hills Cop and his own production of Decadence.
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Though I readily admit I will never have a thorough, comprehensive understanding of this play (and I don't really want that, as the exploration is such a joy), this book is the most useful, clear, definitive analysis I think I've ever read.
Unlike other critics, Berkoff doesn't explore Hamlet (and the other characters) by observing them. He examines them from the inside by reverse-engineering their motives and thoughts from their words.
He creates a whole new porthole for examining the work, and it's fascinating. Bravo, Mr. Berkoff, and thank you.