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Hamlet

Synopsis
Video recording of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s modern dress production directed by Matthew Warchus with Alex Jennings as Hamlet.
Language
English
Country
United States
Medium
Video
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Recording date
27 May 1998
Duration
173 mins

Credits

Director
Matthew Warchus
Writer
William Shakespeare
Music
Gary Yershon
Production Design
Hugh Vanstone
Costume
Mark Thompson
Cast
Alex JenningsHamlet
Paul FreemanClaudius
Susannah YorkGertrude
David RyallPolonius
Derbhle CrottyOphelia
Colin HurleyHoratio
Edward PetherbridgePlayer King
Edward PetherbridgeGhost
Evan CouchChild
Jenifer ArmitagePlayer
John KilloranPriest
Paul JessonGravedigger (1)
Rashan StoneGuildenstern
Richard CantRosencrantz
Syreeta KumarPlayer Queen
Toby LongworthOsric
William HoustonLaertes

Additional Details

Theatre
Opera House, Brooklyn Academy of Music, NY
Theatre company
Royal Shakespeare Company
Production type
Stage Recordings
Historical period
1990s
Plays
Hamlet
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)
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Notes

Notes
The production was videotaped twice by the Royal Shakespeare Company - 24 June 1997 (Gertrude played by Diana Quick) and 7 August 1997 (Gertrude played by Susannah York). The RSC recordings are catalogued separately.
History
The production was first staged at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon May 2 1997.
Stills
Stills from, and design notes on, the production are available on the Arts and Humanities Performing Arts Data Service (AHDS) at http://ahds.ac.uk/performingarts/collections/designing-shakespeare.htm
Textual information
This modern-dress production was heavily cut, including the the opening scene and Fortinbras.
Reviews
Russell Jackson, Shakespeare Quarterly 50 (1999), pp185-203 (especially 188-190). Vincent Ganby, New York Times 14 June 1998 (Section 2) pp4,26 (review article).

Production Company

Name

Character Generators

Archive

Name

Theatre on Film and Tape (TOFT)

Email
toft@nypl.org
Web
http://www.nypl.org/locations/lpa/theatre-film-and-tape-archive External site opens in new window
Phone
+ 1 (212) 870-1642
Fax
(212) 8701868
Address
Billy Rose Theatre Collection
40 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York,New York
10023-7498
USA

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