The former Sherlock star plays the role of Hamlet, the titular, scheming prince who has designs upon the throne, which is occupied by his uncle-turned-stepfather Claudius. He had won plaudits throughout the production’s West End run, and BBC2 viewers were equally impressed, taking to Twitter to share their awe at his performance.
“Andrew Scott has delivered the most captivating, truthful and heartbreaking performance as #Hamlet,” user @bella-allchorne wrote, “It’s so rare for an actor to be able to do a speech that they know inside out, but make the audience believe that they are thinking and saying the words for the first time.”
Watch a clip of Scott performing the “to be or not to be” soliloquy below.
And check out some of the praise for his performance:
Andrew Scott has delivered the most captivating, truthful and heartbreaking performance as #Hamlet … Its so rare for an actor to be able to do a speech that they know inside out, but to make the audience believe that they are thinking and saying the words for the first time.
Hamlet Fact: Andrew Scott often spoke about how young people, guys in particular, are forced to move on too quickly. Are being told showing emotions, mourning, is not manly enough. & How he hoped his Hamlet would break that stigma a little. #HamletBBCTwo
They’ll be happy to know that a feature film adaptation of Shakespeare’s King Lear is coming to the Beeb later this year. Anthony Hopkins leads a star-studded cast which also features Emma Thompson, Florence Pugh, Jim Broadbent and Andrew Scott, who seems to be developing quite a taste for the legendary bard’s work.