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Hamlet (2009)

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.

Director:

Gregory Doran

Writer:

William Shakespeare (play)
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Tennant ... Hamlet
Patrick Stewart ... Claudius / Ghost
Penny Downie ... Gertrude
Oliver Ford Davies ... Polonius
Mariah Gale ... Ophelia
Edward Bennett Edward Bennett ... Laertes
Peter De Jersey ... Horatio
Sam Alexander Sam Alexander ... Rosencrantz / Second Gravedigger
Tom Davey ... Guildenstern
Mark Hadfield ... Gravedigger
John Woodvine ... Player King
Ryan Gage ... Osric / Player Queen
Samuel Dutton Samuel Dutton ... Dumbshow King
Jim Hooper ... Dumbshow Queen / Priest
David Ajala ... Reynaldo / Dumbshow Poisoner
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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.

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Drama

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Language:

English

Release Date:

23 April 2010 (USA) See more »

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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 Amleto (1955) See more »

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Words, Words, Words--in a Clarifying Context: The RSC Rules!
26 February 2013 | by museumofdaveSee all my reviews

Clarification of a long, elaborate and often confusing tale of revenge is a must for any production of Hamlet, and on this point this Royal Shakespeare Company production can be rated as excellent; the spartan settings seem to clear the boards, giving way to the language, which is expertly managed from everyone in the cast, especially the three leads; Hamlet's madness, always a point of debate, is neatly handled by David Tennant, who veers always on the side of madness, but allows the audience to participate in his essential sanity--I loved how he was able to keep Rosencrantz and Guildenstern on edge, revealing them to be the mealy-mouthed corporate stooges that they are--not just comic figures, but dangerously loathsome in their compliance with requests from Claudius, played with chilly finesse by Patrick Stewart. One can always find a few quibbles with almost any filmed version of this classic, but I found this one edifying, entertaining, and thought-provoking--and one of the most comprehensible of film versions--without unnecessary gimmickry.


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