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Hamlet

Synopsis
Video recording, using a single, fixed camera, of Gregory Doran’s 2008 staging of Hamlet for the Royal Shakespeare Company with David Tennant in the title role and Patrick Stewart doubling the roles of Ghost and Claudius.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Recording date
2008
Duration
215 (incl. interval)

Credits

Director
Gregory Doran
Music
Paul Englishby
Production Design
Robert Jones
Cast
David TennantHamlet
Patrick StewartClaudius
Penny DownieGertrude
Oliver Ford DaviesPolonius
Mariah GaleOphelia
Andrea HarrisCornelia (Cornelius)
David AjalaDumbshow poisoner
David AjalaReynaldo
Edward BennettLaertes
Ewen CumminsBarnardo
Jim HooperPriest
Jim HooperDumbshow Queen
John WoodvinePlayer King
Keith OsbornMarcellus
Mark HadfieldGravedigger
Patrick StewartGhost
Peter de JerseyHoratio
Riann SteeleLady in waiting
Ricky ChampLucianus
Robert CurtisFortinbras
Robert CurtisFrancisco
Roderick SmithCaptain
Roderick SmithVoltemand
Ryan GagePlayer Queen
Ryan GageOsric
Sam AlexanderRosencrantz
Samuel DuttonDumbshow King
Tom DaveyGuildenstern
Zoe ThornePage

Additional Details

Theatre
Courtyard Theatre, The
Theatre company
Royal Shakespeare Company
Production type
Stage Recordings
Historical period
Contemporary
Plays
Hamlet
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Doubling of roles
Related items
Front Row [06/08/2008]
Greg Doran on Hamlet and David Tennant
Hamlet
Hamlet
Today [06/08/2008]

Notes

General
Filmed at St Joseph’s College, Mill Hill, London.
History
The production ran in repertory at The Courtyard Theatre, Stratford upon Avon, 5 August 2008 - 15 November 2008 and
transferred to the Novello Theatre, London in December 2008. David Tennant injured his back after only one performance at the Novello and his title role was taken over by Edward Bennett (Laertes) for several performances.
Reviews
Rokison, Abigail, Interview: David Tennant on ‘Hamlet’ Shakespeare vol.5, no. 3 (September 2009), p.292-304.

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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