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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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23 April 2010 (USA) See more »
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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For the famed 'skull monologue' where Hamlet finds and speaks to a skull of a man he once knew, David Tennant is using a real, human skull of a man who donated it in his will for this very purpose.See more »
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Version of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark (1907)See more »


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It Was and It Wasn't, 10 August 2010
Author: pdwebbsite from United States

Being an American rather new to Shakespeare, I have come to discover that Hamlet is my favorite play, and as of today the David Tennant and Patrick Stewart version provides the breakthrough to understanding this complicated play. I have watched all versions of Hamlet available and was quick to check out the newest one; however, Patrick Stewart was the only familiar actor to me. I have not a clue who Dr. Who might be. Just as well, as that might have tainted my view of Mr. Tennant's acting. Most contemporary productions of Shakespeare border on silly (Leonardo D's version of Romeo and Juliet) to ridiculous (Ethan Hawke's Hamlet), but this version rocks, to use an overused phrase.

I thought the juxtaposition of Shakespeare Old English in a Modern Setting worked amazingly well. The talents of the cast came together superbly (wished for a different Ophelia though). Polonius reminded me of a more dignified version of Bill Murray's treatment, but still caught the pompous drift of the character. Horatio played the devoted and loyal friend to great satisfaction. His Roman to the death speech had me crying all three times I watched the dramatization. I thought Tennant's version of Hamlet contained a measured lunacy, the intelligent fool who had mostly everyone fooled. The To Be soliloquy had the right intensity and then in a moment Tennant switches to Guarded Lover with Ophelia and Knave of Fools to Polonius.

I'm up for another view after writing this. Three hours spin by as I absorb new nuances and understanding. What a marvelous way to spend the afternoon.

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