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Hamlet

Synopsis
A video recording, using a single, fixed camera, of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s 1984 production of Hamlet. Directed by Ron Daniels with Roger Rees in the title role.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Recording date
16 Jan 1985
Duration
215 mins

Credits

Director
Ron Daniels
Writer
William Shakespeare
Music
Nigel Hess
Production Design
Maria Bjornson
Cast
Roger ReesHamlet
Brian BlessedClaudius
Virginia McKennaGertrude
Frank MiddlemassPolonius
Frances BarberOphelia
Andrew HallOsric
Arthur KohnGuildenstern
Bernard HorsfallPlayer (1)
Cathy TysonLady
Charles MilhamCourtier/Sailor 2/Soldier
Christopher RavenscroftRosencrantz
David PhelanMessenger
David PhelanCourtier/Soldier
Derek CrewePlayer
Dexter FletcherPlayer (2)
Donald McKillopCornelius
Guy FithenCourtier
James SimmonsFortinbras
Jim HooperReynaldo
Jimmy YuillBarnardo
Jimmy YuillSailor
Kenneth BranaghLaertes
Nicholas BellSailor
Nicholas FarrellHoratio
Paul GregoryMarcellus
Paul GregoryPriest
Peter TheedomCaptain
Raymond BowersVoltemand
Richard EastonGhost
Sarah WoodwardLady
Sebastian ShawFirst Clown

Additional Details

Theatre
Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Theatre company
Royal Shakespeare Company
Production type
Stage Recordings
Plays
Hamlet
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

History
Press night 5 September 1984. The production transferred to the Barbican with several cast changes.
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
Reviews
Shaw, William P. Shakespeare Bulletin 2, no.11-3 no. 1(1984-85), pp21-2 and 3, no. 2 (1985), p 20-1.

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

Shakespeare Centre Library and Archive

Email
scla@shakespeare.org.uk
Web
https://www.shakespeare.org.uk/ External site opens in new window
Phone
01789 204016 (bookings)
Fax
01789 262073
Address
Henley Street
Stratford-upon-Avon
CV37 6QW

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