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(2009 TV Movie)

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Both of Patrick Stewart's stints as Claudius have been opposite Time Lords from the TV show "Doctor Who" - his first production being opposite Derek Jacobi, who played The Master on Doctor Who, and the 2008 production opposite David Tennant, the tenth man to play The Doctor.
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.
Had an 18 day shooting schedule.
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.
Patrick Stewart reprises his role as Claudius from Hamlet, Prince of Denmark (1980), in which Derek Jacobi played Hamlet.
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Edward Bennett understudied the role of Hamlet throughout both the Stratford-upon-Avon and London stage productions. On 8th December 2008 he played Hamlet at a few hours notice when David Tennant had to pull out due to a back injury. He continued in the role, to great acclaim, until Tennant's return on January 3rd 2009.
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A filmed version of Doran's 2008 revival which was first performed on 24 July 2008 and also played in the West End in 2009.
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