If you’re in London, tickets to Jude Law’s Hamlet are a “must have.”

Stoppard fils played that avatar of doom, Hamlet, on the West End in 2005, a theatrical baton that was passed last week to Jude Law, whose appropriation of the role for a summer run at Wyndham’s Theatre marks his first London stage appearance in seven years. How is he? Fierce-eyed, charismatic, gestural to a degree one wouldn’t expect from a character who makes a point of advising the Players not to “saw the air.” One can imagine his particular empathy for this play given that London must at times seem for Mr. Law one large Elsinore, the tabloid press shadowing this fine actor’s every move to a degree unknown even at Denmark’s intrigue-laden Kronborg Castle. – from NYTimes