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enter the ghost

The latest production from this burgeoning company is a bard-to-the-bone, full metal hamlet with tats, biker boots, wanton violence, sword-play and fierce language scorching the air. Disturbing and exhilarating in equal measure, Hamlet may be the longest of Shakespeare's works, but this vibrant interpretation cleverly distills the action into three well-paced 45 minute acts.

The play centres upon the hyper-kinetic performance of rising Mercury Shakespeare star Humphrey Pitman, who plays multiple roles with schizophrenic relish. For those unfamiliar with this twisted tale of obsession and succession, a quick Wiki look-up before the show will yield dividends, so you can tell your Claudius from your Horatio and your Polonius from your Marcellus.

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enter the ghost

While Pitman's the king-fu soul of the action, it's Petrina Fitzpatrick, in her dual-role as conflicted mother Gertrude and tragic heroine Ophelia, who reveals its bleeding heart. The poised, yet poignant delivery of her character's demise is a haunting mix of sung requiem and funereal elegy.

That being said, there's some wonderful pathos from Philip Welford and Rayner Bourton, as the mute, masked enforcers that appear in a number of scenes. The initial threatening menace descends into slapstick violence that brings welcome comic mettle to the dark and bloody subject matter. Welford also features as Hamlet's father, reimagined as the HOG Daddy of all ghosts: patch-jacketed, skull tattooed and long overdue a trip to the barbers. His sudden apparition was a real coup de théâtre and drew gasps from the audience as this Franken-Dane stomped relentlessly towards his cowering son.

enter the ghost

Also impressive is Benjamin Blackmore, who provides live sonic narration, astride his 'Bard to the Future' time machine, summoning eerie and insistent rhythms and sumptuous keyboard textures that enhance rather than overpower the dramatic tension.

So, to see or not to see? This adaptation of the Danish play certainly brings home the bacon. I heartily recommended 'Enter The Ghost' as an accessible, yet richly dark rendering of a classic tale, as it succeeds in lightening the heavy load of the source material without over-diluting the vital themes of morbidity and loss.

enter the ghost

enter the ghost

enter the ghost

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Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

If you are interested in going to Wacken 2018 and have questions, please fill out the form below and we will contact you with answers to all your enquiries. You are under no obligation whatsoever by filling this form out. We won't add you to any mailing lists or send you loads of spam - all we will do is help you get to Wacken as easily and inexpensively as possible.



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