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Hamlet

Synopsis
Video recording, using a single, fixed camera of Baxter Theatre Centre’s 2005 production of Hamlet directed by Janet Suzman with Vaneshran Arumugam as Hamlet.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Recording date
3 May 2006
Duration
186 mins

Credits

Director
Janet Suzman
Writer
William Shakespeare
Production Design
Peter Cazalet
Costume
Peter Cazalet
Cast
Vaneshran ArumugamHamlet
John KaniClaudius
Dorothy Ann GouldGertrude
Royston StoffelsPolonius
Roshina RatnamOphelia
Adam NeillHoratio
Adrian CollinsReynaldo
Adrian CollinsPlayer King
Adrian CollinsBarnardo
Clyde BerningLaertes
Johan BairdAttendant
John KaniGhost
Marcel MeyerRosencrantz
Mbulelo GrootboomFortinbras
Mbulelo GrootboomLucianus
Nicholas PaulingGuildenstern
Royston StoffelsGravedigger
Sonnyboy SetlhakoAttendant
Taurio JenkinsOsric
Taurio JenkinsMarcellus
Taurio JenkinsPlayer Queen

Additional Details

Theatre
Swan Theatre
Theatre company
Baxter Theatre, Cape Town
Production type
Stage Recordings
Historical period
Contemporary
Plays
Hamlet
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Multicultural casting; Doubling of roles; Complete Works Festival (Stratford upon Avon 2006-7)
Related items
Being Hamlet

Notes

General
This is the first time a black actor played Hamlet at the RSC.
History
Originally produced by the Baxter Theatre Centre in association with the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown, South Africa in June 2005. It played at the Swan, in its only British showing, from 27 April-6 May 2006 as part of the Complete Works Festival.
Reviews
Billington, Michael. The Guardian (May 4 2006).

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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