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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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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Had an eighteen day shooting schedule. See more »

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Amazing production.
1 May 2010 | by staceyisuSee all my reviews

I lived in the UK during the production of this Hamlet, but, alas, tickets were sold out. When I found it was filmed, I was ecstatic. A long time fan of Patrick Stewart and David Tennant, I had high hopes. However, I was blown away by this film. Those who have complained about Tennant's acting skills are treating him as the Doctor starring in Hamlet. Tennant's portrayal is one of my favorites. Here is the Hamlet I've read, a young man with a terrible knowledge searching for answers and guidance. His "To be or not to be" was chilling. Patrick Stewart as Claudius is soft-spoken and deadly. He gave me shivers. Here is a man who looks like your uncle (to use one reviewers words), but would kill you in a moment. If I had one complaint, the actress portraying Ophelia was an obvious let-down. I'm not a big fan of Ophelia and this actress seemed to be struggling with the character. Her "mad" scene was painful to watch. So, I had to give this 9 stars. Excellent production. Great set, acting, and atmosphere. I loved it.


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UK | Japan | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 April 2010 (USA) See more »

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