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Hamlet (1990)

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A Danish prince and university student avenges his father's murder by his uncle, who stole the crown and married his mother.

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This is a Great Performances presentation of Joseph Papp's 1990 New York Shakespeare Festival production of the play. Hamlet returns from university for his father's funeral to find his uncle married to his mother. Prompted by his father's ghost, Hamlet carries out his investigation and revenge. Written by Kathy Li

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Good stagey version
10 November 2003 | by (California) – See all my reviews



The best of the stagey Hamlets I've seen, as opposed to the Gibson and Branagh really dedicated movie versions. I expected even better from Kline though; if he was pushing a new interpretation, I missed it completely. It was, after all, stagey, and pretty much standard in reading.

The disturbing thing is that I thought the Player King in his Priam speech was more natural than the outer play. I found that spellbinding and enlightening in a speech - sadly shortened - that I'd never paid

attention to before. I guess that's the stage for you, though.


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