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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
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
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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15 out of 47 people found the following review useful.
Rather plastic transfer of RSC & West End production, 27 December 2009
Author: Framescourer from London, UK

Full marks for effort - a 3 hour adaptation of Hamlet for television broadcast at 5pm on a public Holiday. This production was well received on stages from Stratford to London but I'm not sure that it works on the small screen. It is unclear from the BBC site whether Gregory Doran was also directing for TV, but the actors don't have the same sense of a magnetic north for the audience.

This is a particular issue for David Tennant's wired Hamlet whose relentless motion seems caused by trying to find the camera (indeed, it often is with a half-hearted CCTV idea dripping through the production). I didn't mind Tennant but he doesn't have a grounded centre, no protected mien of gravitas. He most certainly has not 'of late lost all my mirth'. Consequently, no single speech quite grips you. He is entertaining and it's difficult to really pin down those shortcomings in his excellent exchanges with Oliver Ford Davies' Polonius... although Ford Davies is in a different league of acting, co- occupied only by Penny Downie's Gertrude, played as an acrid but sexually appealing mother/queen. Patrick Steart is good but not overwhelming. With the exception of the irresistible histrionics of Mariah Gale's Ophelia the rest of the cast are a bit weak, never really creating their own characters. Maybe this is a downside to the one cast doubling parts which one notices less on the stage.

The big problem for me in the play is the sudden change of temperament in Hamlet as he moves into the final quarter: 'from this time forth, let my thoughts be bloody or nothing worth' to 'Alas, poor Yorick!'. This production doesn't manage this change well, especially given that it involves the only location/outdoor shoot of the film.

Too much 'actorliness' here but there was plenty to chew over with occasionally startling ideas (a twist to Gertrude's demise, for example). 4/10

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