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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.

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Gregory Doran

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William Shakespeare (play)
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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 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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Release Date:

23 April 2010 (USA) See more »

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Гамлет See more »

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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. See more »

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Version of 'Amlet (1919) See more »

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Hamlet Fans - Take Notice!
28 September 2011 | by OutsideHollywoodLandSee all my reviews

For American audiences who love Shakespeare (an oxymoron at best!) and Harry Potter, the casting of David Tennant as Hamlet is an intriguing one. Tennant, who is wildly popular in the UK in the Doctor Who series, is also known to fans across the Isles as Barty Crouch Jr. from Harry Potter fantasy franchise.

Pairing David Tennant with Patrick Stewart, who is a double foil as both the slain ghost king father and Hamlet's uncle Claudius is masterful casting in this version from the Royal Shakespearean Company. As a result, Stewart was nominated for an Emmy as Best Supporting Actor.

Besides this quirky casting choice, director Gregory Doran propels this oft-told tale through the tone and inflection that each character brings to the all too familiar silted language of the Bard. One could easily close their eyes and simply bask in the joy of the rise and fall of phrases and words spun into this delightful audio experience.

Yet another pleasure is watching Sir Patrick Stewart literally play against himself - mano y mano - as Hamlet's mournful ethereal specter and the greedy, selfish brother. Pennie Downie, Mariah Gale, and Oliver Ford Davies provide an excellent counter-point to the brash and bold Tennant/Steward duo.

This is a fine minimalist production that should be added to any Hamlet FANatic's collection.


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