Hamlet, Orlando Shakespeare Theater

Margeson Theater
January 27 – March 13, 2010

As King Hamlet's Ghost with Avery Clark as Hamlet (PHOTO: Tony Firriolo)


As The Player King (PHOTO: Tony Firriolo)

As the Gravedigger (PHOTO: Tony Firriolo)


Critical Response

“There it’s no wonder that ghosts appear (and Johnny Lee Davenport’s mighty ghost, rising as he does in clouds of mist, is a formidable sight). [If some performances] seem a bit overshadowed, it may be because of the power of Davenport in three key smaller roles—as the ghost, the Player King and the gravedigger, whose grizzled common sense is abetted by Penning as his goofy apprentice.”
—Elizabeth Maupin, Orlando Sentinel (February 1, 2010)

“And while the expert pacing makes it feel less than its three hours, Width has edited surgically, sparing often-axed lines from the Player King and “Gravedigger 1” (the wonderful Johnny Lee Davenport).”
—Seth Kubersky, Orlando Weekly: Culture 2 Go (February 3, 2010)

“Also worthy of special note are Johnny Lee Davenport and Steve Hendrickson. Davenport, portraying several parts, including the ghost of King Hamlet, is a force on the stage one can’t look away from. Beautifully haunting on a personal and grander level as the ghost, Davenport opens the door to his broken heart and enraged soul in a way I’d not seen in previous interpretations. As the player king and the gravedigger, he again delivers nuances lost to many thespians that I’ve seen precede him.
—Paul Castaneda, The Ledger (February 7, 2010)