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Shakespeare’s immortal “To be, or not to be” takes on a whole new meaning (and medium) as classical stage and screen actors David Tennant and (recently-knighted) Sir Patrick Stewart reprise their roles for a modern-dress, film-for-television adaptation of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s (RSC) 2008 stage production of Hamlet.
David Tennant … Hamlet
Patrick Stewart … Claudius / Ghost
Penny Downie … Gertrude
Oliver Ford Davies … Polonius
Mariah Gale … Ophelia
Edward Bennett … Laertes
Peter De Jersey … Horatio
Sam Alexander … Rosencrantz / Second Gravedigger
Tom Davey … Guildenstern
Mark Hadfield … Gravedigger
John Woodvine … Player King
Ryan Gage … Osric / Player Queen
Samuel Dutton … Dumbshow King
Jim Hooper … Dumbshow Queen / Priest
David Ajala … Reynaldo / Dumbshow Poisoner
Keith Osborn … Marcellus
Ewen Cummins … Barnardo
Robert Curtis … Francisco / Fortinbras
Roderick Smith … Voltemand
Andrea Harris … Cornelia
Ricky Champ … Lucianus
Riann Steele … Lady-in-waiting
Zoe Thorne … Lady-in-waiting
Additional resources can be found for this production here.
For more information about the stage performance, see RSC Archive.
For full credits of the television broadcast, see IMDB listing
Act 1 Scene 1
Note: A ghost has been spotted by the guards at Elsinore.
Act 1 Scene 2 - part 1
Note: Claudius announces his marriage to Gertrude and Horatio tells Hamlet of his encounter with his father's ghost. Part 1.
Note: David Tennant as Hamlet in a film of the Royal Shakespeare Company's award-winning production of Shakespeare's greatest play.
Directed by Gregory Doran
Broadcasted on December 26th, 2009 on BBC2
To be or not to be
Note: This famous soliloquy is performed out of sequence just before the "nunnery scene" with Ophelia.
Note: More about this programme:
David Tennant stars in a film of the Royal Shakespeare Company's award-winning production of Shakespeare's great play. Director Gregory Doran's modern-dress production was hailed by the critics as thrilling, fast-moving and, in parts, very funny.