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Hamlet -- The Royal Shakespeare Company's award-winning production of Hamlet, directed by RSC Chief Associate Director Gregory Doran, stars David Tennant (Doctor Who) in the title role. Adapted for the screen and filmed on location, this dynamic, exciting and contemporary production features all key original cast members from the staged version, including Patrick Stewart as Claudius. An Illuminations/Royal Shakespeare Company Production for BBC Wales in association with Thirteen for WNET.ORG and NHK.


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The RSC puts a modern spin on Shakespeare's Hamlet in this filmed-for-television version of their stage production. The Prince of Denmark seeks vengeance after his father is murdered and his mother marries the murderer. | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Gregory Doran 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
William Shakespeare  play

Produced by
Seb Grant .... producer
David Horn .... executive producer: Thirteen for
Bethan Jones .... executive producer: BBC
Taro Teraoka .... executive producer: NHK
Denise Wood .... executive producer: Royal Shakespeare Company
John Wyver .... producer
Original Music by
Paul Englishby 
Cinematography by
Chris Seager 
Film Editing by
Tony Cranstoun 
Casting by
Sam Jones 
Production Design by
Robert Jones 
Art Direction by
James Hendy 
Makeup Department
Charlotte Le Moignan .... assistant makeup artist
Lucybelle Thompson .... assistant makeup artist
Production Management
Clare Bradbury .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jennie Fava .... second assistant director
Ben Rogers .... third assistant director
Toni Staples .... first assistant director
Sound Department
Clive Derbyshire .... sound mixer
Andrew Stirk .... sound re-recording mixer
Special Effects by
Scott Peters .... special effects floor supervisor
Terry King .... fight director
Camera and Electrical Department
Brian Beaumont .... gaffer
John Ellis Evans .... focus puller
Nye Jones .... digital imaging technician
Benjamin Michael Wearing .... camera trainee
Chris Williams .... clapper loader
Editorial Department
Yoni Higgsmith .... post-production coordinator (as Yoni Smith)
Laura M. Kettle .... assistant editor
Jet Omoshebi .... colorist
Music Department
Bruce White .... viola
Other crew
Kate Andrews .... production runner
Ellie Kurttz .... stills photography
Ed Macdonald .... production runner
Jayne Spooner .... script supervisor (2009)
Kirsty Urquhart-Davies .... production coordinator (as Kirsty Urquhart)

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180 min

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In many stage productions of Hamlet, there is a tradition where Ophelia's madness is conveyed in part by having her hair down, unkempt, and the character going barefoot. In this version, Hamlet is also barefoot with unkempt hair to denote madness.See more »
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Version of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark (1907)See more »


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Hamlet Fans - Take Notice!, 28 September 2011
Author: OutsideHollywoodLand from United States

For American audiences who love Shakespeare (an oxymoron at best!) and Harry Potter, the casting of David Tennant as Hamlet is an intriguing one. Tennant, who is wildly popular in the UK in the Doctor Who series, is also known to fans across the Isles as Barty Crouch Jr. from Harry Potter fantasy franchise.

Pairing David Tennant with Patrick Stewart, who is a double foil as both the slain ghost king father and Hamlet's uncle Claudius is masterful casting in this version from the Royal Shakespearean Company. As a result, Stewart was nominated for an Emmy as Best Supporting Actor.

Besides this quirky casting choice, director Gregory Doran propels this oft-told tale through the tone and inflection that each character brings to the all too familiar silted language of the Bard. One could easily close their eyes and simply bask in the joy of the rise and fall of phrases and words spun into this delightful audio experience.

Yet another pleasure is watching Sir Patrick Stewart literally play against himself - mano y mano - as Hamlet's mournful ethereal specter and the greedy, selfish brother. Pennie Downie, Mariah Gale, and Oliver Ford Davies provide an excellent counter-point to the brash and bold Tennant/Steward duo.

This is a fine minimalist production that should be added to any Hamlet FANatic's collection.

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