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Production description

Staged in 1971, 1975, 1976-7

Author: Shakespeare (adapted by Mohamed Sobhi (Muhammad Ṣubḥī) from three Shakespeare translations: Khalīl Muṭrān, ʻA.Q. al-Qiṭṭ, and J.I. Jabrā).  Directed for television by Nur al-Demerdash.

Comments (21):

  1. Deena says:

    Really astonished by this master piece
    Although Shakespeare’s one is Great But Staging Like this would make me just open my mouth infront of it
    Really it’s also one of Subhy’s Masterpieces

  2. ana keda says:

    Omg finally i found it …..i’m searching for it since i have studied it (since 2 years
    ) XD

  3. nehad says:

    ts a goood play

  4. me says:

    is there any way to download it?

    • Belinda Yung says:

      At this time, downloading of the video is not permitted.

    • Belinda Yung says:

      Feel free to post comments in Arabic now. The earlier problem where the text was not displayed correctly should be fixed. 🙂

  5. Margaret Litvin says:

    Glad you all are interested in this production – it’s a classic! If anyone is interested in working on subtitles for any of the scenes (perhaps as part of a class project?), please contact me. Meanwhile, please spread the word that this film is available online – I would love to see more reactions to particular scenes. We’ll work on making Arabic comments display correctly on the site.

  6. nana says:

    مسرحيه عبقريه من ممثل عبقرى برؤيه عصريه مختلفه

  7. manal says:

    يوجد مشكلة في تشغيل الفيديو ولا اعرف ما هي. المسرحيات الأخرى تعمل بكفاءة ما عدا هذه المسرحية. أرجو مساعدتي في هذا

    • Margaret Litvin says:

      شكرا على التعليق. نحتاج إلى معلومات إضافية.

      هل جربت المقطعات القصيرة على نفس الصفحة، وهل هي تعمل بشكل عادي؟



  8. manal says:

    شكرا على الرد. جميع المقاطع لا تعمل. وانا احتاجها ضروري لأنها جزء من ابحاثي. برجاء ارشادي لكيفية التشغيل.

  9. Belinda Yung says:

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  10. karim younis says:

    i have the quick plugin and also have problem to watch what shall i do

    • Global Shakespeare Team says:

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    • Liana de Camargo Leão says:

      Dear Peggy
      You will have to refer to prof Terezinha or to prfo Marlene Soares dos Santos,her email is I believe prof Marlene knew your aunt. You can also try prof Rberto Rocha who is on facebook, ; his email is (

      Professor da rocha probably heard of your aunt. He teaches at the same university now. Best of luck
      Liana Leao

    • Liana de Camargo Leão says:

      sorry, we will see to that.

  11. ahmed magdy says:

    could any one please tells me which program i can play this clip on it . pleaaaase

  12. Tele Gram says:

    I have tried many times to watch this but it seems if it is downloading for ages with no effect.
    I do have quick time.

    • Belinda Yung says:

      I’m not sure if you are having difficulty watching the full video and/or the short clips. However, I have updated the “full video” to use a Flash player rather than the QuickTime plugin.

      Hope this helps you.

  13. Mohamed Magdy Fouad says:


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    al-Demerdash, Nur | Productions
    Sobhi, Mohamed (Muhammad Ṣubḥī) | Productions

    Full video

    Note: This is the full video

    Duration: 02:20:22

    Opening scene (funeral) Carmina Burana

    Note: Now a noble heart has stopped. Good night, dear prince. Good night. And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest. Goodbye, my prince. (He repeats these lines four times, in different versions that could be translated differently or not.) Give me the man who is not passion’s slave and I will hold him in my heart’s core. As I do you. (Pause.) Death is a sleep. A sleep. A sleep. A sleep. (Music rises. Funeral procession continues across the stage and exits left.)

    Horatio’s framing speech

    Note: How shall I describe that day? The sky full of fog. The people silent. Eyes far away, cheeks streaked with tears. Bells tolling in the distance, carrying the grievous news. (Deep sigh.) The mighty king Hamlet the Elder was dead. I urged Hamlet the young prince to let me go with him to Denmark to attend his father’s funeral, but he went ahead.
    And when I arrived here, in Denmark, there was no funeral, and no signs of mourning. I saw Claudius, the uncle of the prince, who had become a king on the throne, and had married the queen, the wife of his dead brother. From here began the tragedy which ended with the death of the young prince, Hamlet.
    And only I am left: Horatio, alone, lost. I have to set the people straight and tell them the whole story of the things that took place, including crimes of passion and blood, deaths put on by fate and forced cause. All this can I now tell you, truly.

    Council scene

    Note: Sobhi’s entrance, the council scene, ending in a dance to 1812 Overture
    Shakespeare’s Hamlet 1.2

    Hamlet’s first soliloquy

    Note: Shakespeare’s Hamlet 1.2

    Ghost scene

    Note: Hamlet 1.5
    25:49 Ghost appears
    27:00 “I’ll follow.”
    27:59 Hamlet finishes following the ghost: “Speak, I’ll go no further.”

    Polonius, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern at Claudius’s Court

    Note: The scene shows ʻAmr Afifi playing Polonius for comic relief, not as the sinister spymaster we’ll meet in later Arabic adaptations).
    Hamlet 2.2

    Nunnery scene

    Note: Nevine Ramez plays Ophelia. Hamlet 3.1
    Much of the intervening material between 2.2 and 3.1 has been cut, and the rest has been moved, so this is much earlier in Sobhi’s play than Shakespeare’s.

    "Fishmonger" exchange with Polonius

    Note: Hamlet 2.2

    Players enter

    Note: Hamlet 2.2

    The Mousetrap scene

    Note: Hamlet 3.2

    Gertrude and Polonius, then closet scene

    Note: Hamlet 3.4
    Ends with “I must be cruel only to be kind/thus bad begins and worse remains behind.”

    Ophelia's mad scene

    Note: Hamlet 4.5

    Gravediggers and Ophelia's funeral

    Note: Hamlet 5.1

    Hamlet's "To Be or Not to Be" speech

    Note: Speech was relocated to Act 5.
    Loosely based on Hamlet 3.1; script has been changed compared to original play.