"This is the quote that's going to hang me," he says, "but I'm going to try to achieve what people say is impossible. I want to make him a psychologically understandable Hamlet. I do honestly think that's what Shakespeare wrote: a very complex person. And I'm in a slightly win-win situation: if I achieve it, then amazing. And if I don't – and depending to what degree I don't – the worst that people will say is that it was a wholly unreasonable ambition because nobody has ever done it. It will just serve as further proof to those who say it's impossible."Glancing across at my sidebar, I'd wonder if a few of his predecessors would take issue with that.
Jonathan Slinger talks to Lyn Gardener at The Guardian about his upcoming appearance at the RSC: