“A sense of timing is the mark of a genius.”

— Jenny Holzer, Truisms

“Hamlet himself is a nonstop joker.”

— Harold Bloom, Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human

“I’d like to have a pop at Hamlet,” Phoebe Waller-Bridge told reporters at the 2017 Evening Standard Theatre Awards. She wore a white strapless dress; cameras flashed. TV had exhausted her, she said. No more Fleabag — look for her instead as Elsinore’s tortured prince. But it never came to pass: with Hamlet perhaps on the mind, Waller-Bridge wrote Fleabag’s second season instead.

Fleabag and Hamlet have a lot in common…

Jack Ross

Journalist in California

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