British Universities Film & Video Council

moving image and sound, knowledge and access

Danish Tragedy, The

Synopsis
Radio drama by Michael Innes, attempting to reconstruct the Ur-Hamlet, a lost play possibly written by Thomas Kyd, believed to be the immediate source of Hamlet. As Innes writes: "Basically ... I have tried to imagine what Hamlet would be like in a primitive stage of its dramatic development and presented in verse which exhibits at least some of the formal elements of the verse of The Spanish Tragedy". With Carleton Hobbs as Kyd, Charles Hodgson as Shakespeare and William Devlin as Hamlet.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Radio
Recording date
24 Feb 1958
Transmission details
5 Mar 1958 at 20:40 (Channel: BBC Third Programme)
Duration
65 mins
Availability
Unknown

Credits

Producer
Rayner Heppenstall
Writer
J. I. M. Stewart; Michael Innes
Cast
William DevlinHamlet
Laidman BrowneClaudius
Marjorie WestburyGertrude
Carleton HobbsThomas Kyd
Charles BrodieGuildenstern
Charles HodgsonWilliam Shakespeare
Geoffrey WincottCorambis
John Wood (2)Rosencrantz
Norman ShelleyRobert Quirke
Richard HurndallHoratio

Additional Details

Production type
Television and Radio Drama
Plays
Hamlet
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William; Literary Sources; Literary adaptation

Notes

Notes
Michael Innes is the pseudonym for Scottish writer and academic J.I.M. Stewart.
General
Rehearsals: 22/2/1958-24/2/1958
Textual information
A written transcript of the production is held at the Birmingham Central Library as part of their Shakespeare Collection.
Reviews
Michael Innes writes about his production in ‘A Pre-Shakespearian "Hamlet"', Radio Times, 28 February 1958, p. 2.
The production was panned in The Times, 6 March 1958, p. 3 ('Kyd’s Lost Hamlet’) for being unclear about what it wanted to achieve.
Source: The Times, Radio Times

Production Company

Name

BBC

Notes
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

Record Stats

This record has been viewed 491 times.