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Hamlet

Synopsis
Live broadcast of the the Royal Shakespeare Company’s 2016 production of Hamlet directed by Simon Godwin with a predominately all-black cast and Paapa Essiedu in the title role. Extras include a commentary by the director and a brief 5-minute featurette, PLAYING HAMLET.
Series
RSC Live from Stratford on Avon
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Year of release
2016
Notes
"Theatrical history was made last night in Stratford. For the first time since it came into being in 1961, the RSC has given the role of Hamlet to a black actor". Dominic Cavendish, Daily Telegraph, 22 March 2016.
Subjects
Drama; Shakespeare
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Black actors
Related items
Pappa Essiedu on His Ghanaian-Influenced Hamlet at the RSC

Credits

Director
Simon Godwin
Producer
John Wyver
Writer
William Shakespeare
Music
Sola Akingbola
Production Design
Paul Wills
Cast
Bethan Cullinane 
Byron Mondahl 
Clarence Smith 
Cyril Nri 
Doreene Blackstock 
Eke Chukwu 
Ewart James Walters 
Hiran Abeysekera 
James Cooney 
Kevin N. Golding 
Marcus Griffiths 
Marième Diouf 
Natalie Simpson 
Paapa Essiedu 
Romayne Andrews 
Tanya Moodie 
Temi Wilkey 
Theo Ogundipe 

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 0 NTSC, BR Region free, Blu-Ray DVD
Price
£19.99 (DVD), £25 (Blu-ray)
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
180 minutes
Year
2017

Production Company

Name

Royal Shakespeare Company

Web
https://www.rsc.org.uk External site opens in new window
Address
Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Waterside
Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire
CV37 6BB

Archive

Name

BoB

Email
bob@learningonscreen.ac.uk
Web
https://learningonscreen.ac.uk/ondemand External site opens in new window
Phone
020 3743 2389
Address
Learning on Screen - the British Universities and Colleges Film and Video Council
York House
221 Pentonville Road
London
N1 9UZ
Notes
Formerly a service from BUFVC, British Universities Film & Video Council

Distributor

Name

Opus Arte

Email
Customer.services@opusarteshop.com
Web
http://www.opusarte.com External site opens in new window
Phone
020 7010 8560
Fax
020 7836 0506
Address
Customer Services
Simran Mediatech Ltd
26-28 Hammersmith Grove
Hammersmith
London
W6 7BA
Notes
Opus Arte is the Royal Opera House’s multi-platform arts production and distribution company. Established in 1999 the company grew rapidly to become one of the world’s leading providers of high-quality classical music content. As well as releasing around twenty titles on DVD, Blu-ray and CD per year, the company has produced and directed programmes that have been broadcast in over 60 countries and released in cinemas. The website allows lovers of opera, ballet, classical music and theatre to purchase traditional CDs, DVDs and Blu-rays, and also to download digital music and video straight to a computer or portable device.
 

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