Hamlet (Doran, 2008)

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Hamlet

Hamlet

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.

PBS offers the full video of this production on their site until January 24, 2016:
http://video.pbs.org/video/1473795626/ (note: video will not play if you have ad blocking enabled for your web browser)

Cast:

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

Hamlet

Clips

Act 1 Scene 1

A ghost has been spotted by the guards at Elsinore.

A ghost has been spotted by the guards at Elsinore. less

Act 1 Scene 2 – part 1

Claudius announces his marriage to Gertrude and Horatio tells Hamlet of his encounter with his father’s ghost. Part 1.more

Claudius announces his marriage to Gertrude and Horatio tells Hamlet of his encounter with his father’s ghost. Part 1. less

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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 BBC2more

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 less

To be or not to be

This famous soliloquy is performed out of sequence just before the “nunnery scene” with Ophelia.more

This famous soliloquy is performed out of sequence just before the “nunnery scene” with Ophelia. less

Coward soliloquy

More about this programme: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00pk71s 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...more

More about this programme:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00pk71s

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. less

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