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Hamlet

Synopsis
A video recording, using a single, fixed camera, of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s 2004 production of Hamlet. Directed by Michael Boyd with Toby Stephens as Hamlet.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Recording date
2004
Duration
268 mins

Credits

Director
Michael Boyd
Writer
William Shakespeare
Music
John Woolf
Production Design
Tom Piper
Cast
Toby StephensHamlet
Clive WoodClaudius
Sian ThomasGertrude
Richard CorderyPolonius
Meg FraserOphelia
Anita BoothPlayer Queen
Edward ClarkeVoltemand
Forbes MassonHoratio
Gideon TurnerLaertes
Greg HicksGravedigger
Greg HicksGhost
Greg HicksPlayer King
Ian DrysdaleBarnardo
Jessica TomchakLady
John KilloranGuildenstern
John MackayRosencrantz
Jonathan ForbesOsric
Neil MaddenFrancisco
Sion Tudor OwenMarcellus
Trystan GravelleFortinbras

Additional Details

Theatre
Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Theatre company
Royal Shakespeare Company
Production type
Stage Recordings
Historical period
17th Century
Plays
Hamlet
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

General
The production was notable for Greg Hicks’ portrayal of the Ghost. The physical embodiment was influenced by a Japanese Bhuto dance company. Bhuto, the dance of darkness, is a dance form developed post-Hiroshima, which began as a direct response from the Japanese dance world to the bomb. An early ‘50s phenomenon, Bhuto is deconstructive and heavily influenced by German Expressionism.

Switzers (Swiss mercenaries) were played by citizens of Stratford.
History
First performance 8 July 2004 at the RST where it ran until 16 October 2004. The production also played at the Theatre Royal, Newcastle upon Tyne and the Albery Theatre, London.
Reviews
For a detailed account by the director, actors, designers and supers of the concept behind the production, the way in which they approached their roles, and the rehearsal process visit http://www.rsc.org.uk/hamlet/current/home.html

Walton, Nick. Shakespeare Bulletin 22, no. 4 (2004), pp113-15.

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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