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Method to Madness

Synopsis
Documentary. Actors who have played Hamlet, or appeared in productions of the play, speak about the role they have inhabited. Contributors include Simon Russell Beale, Philip Franks, Anton Lesser, Adrian Lester, Michael Maloney, Derek Jacobi, Diana Quick, Samuel West and Susannah York. Critic Sheridan Morley and Shakespeare scholar Russell Jackson also commentate on the play. There are performance excerpts and a comic look at ‘Hamlet, the Musical’; it also features a version of the ‘to be or not to be’ soliloquy in which all the Hamlets perform. Presented by Stephen Becket.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Film
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Year of release
2002
Duration
58 mins

Credits

Music
Alex Silverman
Contributor
Adrian Lester; Anton Lesser; Derek Jacobi; Diana Quick; Michael Maloney; Philip Franks; Russell Jackson; Samuel West; Sheridan Morley; Simon Russell Beale; Stephen Beckett; Susannah York

Additional Details

Production type
Documentary/Educational/News
Plays
Hamlet
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Hamlet (character)

Notes

History
First screened at the Warwick Arts Centre on 19 October 2002 at 10am where it opened the Centre’s Shakespeare Day. The London premiere was at the Curzon cinema, Soho 1 November 2002.

Production Company

Name

Hop! Productions

Archive

Name

Shakespeare Institute Library

Email
silib@bham.ac.uk
Web
http://www.is.bham.ac.uk/shakespeare External site opens in new window
Phone
01789 293384
Fax
01879 292021
Address
Church Street
Stratford-upon-Avon
CV37 6HP

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