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Hamlet

Synopsis
A live sound recording of Peter Hall’s production of Hamlet with David Warner in the title role.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Audio
Recording date
9 Mar 1966

Credits

Director
Peter Hall
Writer
William Shakespeare
Music
Guy Woolfenden
Cast
David WarnerHamlet
Brewster MasonClaudius
Elizabeth SpriggsGertrude
Tony ChurchPolonius
Janet SuzmanOphelia
Alan TuckerFrancisco
Brewster MasonGhost
Bruce CordellMessenger
Charles KayPlayer Queen
Charles KayOsric
David WallerVoltemand
Donald BurtonHoratio
James LaurensonGuildenstern
Jeffery DenchAmbassador
Jeffery DenchMarcellus
John BellRosencrantz
John CorvinCaptain
John KaneGravedigger
Marshall JonesPriest
Michael PenningtonFortinbras
Murray BrownCornelius
Murray BrownServant
Paul HardwickPlayer
Peter GeddisBarnardo
Robert WalkerMessenger
Stanley LaborLucianus
Ted ValentineSailor
Tim WyltonReynaldo
Tim WyltonPrologue

Additional Details

Theatre
Aldwych Theatre, London
Theatre company
Royal Shakespeare Company
Production type
Other
Plays
Hamlet
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

Notes
An extract (III i ‘To be, or not to be...lose the name of action’) may be listened to onsite at the British Library Sound Archive.
General
When the production opened Glenda Jackson took the role of Ophelia.
Reviews
`David Warner’s Hamlet was exceptional. He managed to connect effortlessly and directly with his audience. Tall, gangling and donning an overcoat with a long, red woolly, student scarf, Warner behaved like "a disaffected, mid-sixties teenager, or possibly a rock star" (Sally Beauman, The Royal Shakespeare Company, A History of Ten Decades, 1982), p. 283.

Archive

Name

British Library Sound Archive

Email
listening@bl.uk
Web
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Phone
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Fax
020 7412 7441
Address
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NW1 2DB

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