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Dread Command, The

Alternative title
Shakespeare’s Hamlet
Synopsis
Television documentary series for schools. Broadcast in five episodes, the series examined Hamlet. Commentary by Martin Worth. Introduced by Ernest Clark.
Series
For Schools
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Television
Transmission details
21 Sep 1961 at 15:00 (Channel: ITV)
Duration
25 mins
Availability
No archive copy found

Credits

Director
Prudence Nesbitt
Writer
William Shakespeare
Contributor
Ernst Clark
Cast
William RussellHamlet
Mark DignamClaudius
Margaretta ScottGertrude
Clive MortonPolonius
June WattsOphelia
Bernard KayHoratio
Edward RhodesGuildenstern
Henry OscarGhost
Ian WhittakerPlayer Queen
James SharkeyLaertes
Nicholas AmerRosencrantz
Norman MitchellCaptain
Robert JamesPlayer (1)
Terence BaylerPlayer King

Additional Details

Production type
Documentary/Educational/News
Plays
Hamlet
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
schools; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

Notes
The Birmingham Shakespeare Library holds a camera script for each episode.
General
This series was followed by a full production of Hamlet, directed by Tania Lieven and broadcast in five weekly episodes 26 October 1961-01 December 1961.
History
Episode titles were 1: FOUL DEEDS WILL RISE (tx 21/09/61), 2: THE TRIAL OF POLICY (tx 28/09/61), 3: THE PLAY’S THE THING (tx 05/10/61), 4: THE SOVEREIGN POWER (tx 12/10/61) and 5: THE READINESS IS ALL (tx 19/10/61).

Production Company

Name

Associated-Rediffusion

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