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Hamlet suspects his uncle has murdered his father to claim the throne of Denmark and the hand of Hamlet's mother, but the Prince cannot decide whether or not he should take vengeance.

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David Giles

Writer:

William Shakespeare (play)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Ian McKellen ... Hamlet
Faith Brook ... Gertrude
John Woodvine ... Claudius
Susan Fleetwood ... Ophelia
James Cairncross James Cairncross ... Polonius
Tim Pigott-Smith ... Laertes / First Player
Terence Wilton Terence Wilton ... Rosencrantz
Simon Prebble Simon Prebble ... Guildenstern
David Ashton David Ashton ... Francisco
Julian Curry Julian Curry ... Horatio
Duncan Preston ... Reynaldo
Alan Bennion Alan Bennion ... Voltimand
Ian Pigot Ian Pigot ... Player Queen
Stephen O'Rourke Stephen O'Rourke ... Lucianus
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Hamlet suspects his uncle has murdered his father to claim the throne of Denmark and the hand of Hamlet's mother, but the Prince cannot decide whether or not he should take vengeance.

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English

Release Date:

7 November 1970 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Ian McKellen's Hamlet
15 April 2014 | by theatrefannzSee all my reviews

I was taken to see this Hamlet while at school and then watched Hamlet, Richard 11 (bits available on youtube) and Edward 11 (available on DVD) on TV. I thought Ian McKellen's Hamlet was very romantic,though according to The Independent newspaper in The Bard and Me-2008-'not the seven ages of man (Ian McKellen's Hamlet....wasn't filmed)-so perhaps it was a mirage. Why aren't Hamlet and Richard 11 available on DVD? Well its a miracle they weren't wiped-3 of Mckellen's plays of the month were-perhaps nobody at the BBC knows who Ian McKellen is?-perhaps he isn't famous enough for them? I also though Susan Fleetwood great as Ophelia-she was very vulnerable-as she died aged 50 and this is this classical actress' only filmed Shakespeare perhaps her famous brother Mick might have better powers of persuasion on BBC or whoever keeps these TV programmes back to finally let us see it again.


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