The Creation Of LEGO Hamlet Based on RADA Hamlet

When I learned that I was victorious in the RADA ballot I immediately realised how incredibly lucky I was when so many of my friends were unsuccessful. I knew that there would be countless people who entered the ballot and didn’t win, and countless more who had no means to travel, so I decided to recreate the whole play in LEGO, and thus LEGO Hamlet was born!

I saw Rada Hamlet on Saturday the 16th of September at 7.30pm, and spent some time outside the venue posing for photos.

LEGO Hamlet

LEGO Hamlet

Inside the venue enjoying the atmosphere.

LEGO Hamlet

LEGO Hamlet

At 7.30pm I took my seat and vowed to myself that I would pay complete attention, and remember as much as I could, as I felt I owed it to my fellow fans to try to recreate the play in as much detail as possible.

LEGO Hamlet

The play was simply incredible. I have visited the theatre many times, but it did not prepare me for how close the actors were to the audience. It was an incredibly emotional experience, and as soon as I left the theatre, I began to write my notes.

LEGO Hamlet

My notes were hastily scribbled, but I began to plan the characters, and the theatre design itself.

LEGO Hamlet

Parts were purchase from eBay and other LEGO retailers, and gradually it began to take shape.

LEGO Hamlet

I had to custom create many of the parts, including the carpet, which used 16 2 x 2 tiles, so it would be easily removable from the theatre.

LEGO Hamlet

And finally the audience for LEGO Hamlet took their seats…

LEGO Hamlet

The design of the theatre is modular, which was incredibly important during photography. I learned during the creation of Brick High-Rise that tearing down sets to create a new one was an incredibly tiring business, so it was important that I would be able to shoot the RADA set from any angle with the minimum of changes.

LEGO Hamlet

The walls of the Theatre consist of one full length blue wall with windows and a door, one full length black wall, and two half length black walls that can be joined together.

LEGO Hamlet

This allowed me the freedom to shoot from any angle in the theatre without a major rebuild.

LEGO Hamlet

I thank you for joining me, and I hope you enjoy LEGO Hamlet.

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