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Hamlet

Synopsis
Cambridge Experimental Theatre’s Hamlet, adapted for the stage by Roland Kenyon, challenges the entrenched notions of naturalism, sanctity of text, one-man-one-part and the tragic male hero, in a production which combines a rigorous re-evaluation of Shakespeare’s text with the theatricality and spectacle of oriental theatre. A cast of four whisper, chant, dance and wrestle their way through the pre-occupations of a constantly shifting and fragmenting central character, providing a frightening commentary on the instability of the human personality. This video version uses the medium to extend and heighten the discontinuities and ambiguities located at the centre of the production.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Year of release
1987
Duration
95 mins

Credits

Director
Roderick Macdonald
Producer
Richard Spaul; Roderick Macdonald
Writer
William Shakespeare
Contributor
Roland Kenyon
Cast
Richard SpaulClaudius
Melanie RevellGertrude
Trisha HitchcockOphelia

Additional Details

Theatre
Cambridge Experimental Theatre
Production type
Stage Recordings
Plays
Hamlet
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

Notes
Material is made available to staff and students of the University only; outside researchers requiring access should contact the Librarian regarding the possibility of onsite viewing.
Uses
Students of Shakespeare/drama/television.*
Reviews
`Fragments’ by Samuel Crowl and Mary Z. Maher’Stage Into Film Doesn’t Go’ in Shakespeare on Film Newsletter. Vol. 13, no 1 (December 1988), p 7. Holderness, Graham ‘Shakespeare Rewound’ in Visual Shakespeare: Essays in Film and Television’(Hatfield: University of Hertfordshire Press, 2002), pp. 80-3.

Production Company

Name

Anglia College of Higher Education

Name

Cambridge Experimental Theatre

Name

Cambridgeshire College of Arts & Technology

Archive

Name

Anglia Ruskin University Library

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