2018 – Jan Decorte is returning to his legendary adaptations of Hamlet. The unconventional theatre director and author has rewritten, directed, and performed Shakespeare’s classic numerous times over the years. The iconic character’s irresolute nature continues to fascinate both Decorte and Sigrid Vinks. It is time to burrow into Hamlet’s soul… but not alone! With the help of the youngest generation of theatre performers – drama students Ellis Meeusen and Lisah Adeaga – they explore Hamlet in depth. By recycling all the different versions, they create a new ‘Hamletmachine’, but this is one for the 21st century. Using fragments and scraps of texts from the past, Decorte redefines the primal conflicts of human existence.
Jan Decorte has more than 50 productions to his name, each of which focuses on the grotesque suffering of humanity. Following his most recent Stand Down and Ne Swarte – in which he talked about his eventful life in both raw and tender terms – he is now returning to a classic in the theatre canon.