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Hamlet

Synopsis
Video recording of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s modern dress production directed by Matthew Warchus with Alex Jennings as Hamlet.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Recording date
17 Aug 1997
Duration
170 mins

Credits

Director
Matthew Warchus
Writer
William Shakespeare
Music
Gary Yershon
Production Design
Hugh Vanstone
Costume
Mark Thompson
Cast
Alex JenningsHamlet
Paul FreemanClaudius
Susannah YorkGertrude
David RyallPolonius
Derbhle CrottyOphelia
Colin HurleyHoratio
Edward PetherbridgePlayer King
Edward PetherbridgeGhost
Jenifer ArmitagePlayer
Jenifer ArmitageOphelia’s lady
John KilloranPriest
John KilloranPlayer
Paul JessonGravedigger
Rashan StoneGuildenstern
Rex ObanoPlayer
Richard CantRosencrantz
Syreeta KumarPlayer Queen
Toby LongworthPlayer
Toby LongworthOsric
William HoustonLaertes

Additional Details

Theatre company
Royal Shakespeare Company
Production type
Stage Recordings
Historical period
1990s
Plays
Hamlet
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)
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Notes

Notes
The production was videotaped twice by the Royal Shakespeare Company - 24 June 1997 (Gertrude played by Diana Quick) and 7 August 1997 (Gertrude played by Susannah York). It was also recorded by the Theatre on Film and Tape (TOFT) at the Opera House, Brooklyn Academy of Music, NY 27 May 1998. This production is catalogued separately.
General
Hannah Kirkham, Charlotte Ryall, Charlie Samunda, Sophie Shirley and Tom Whiteside alternated the role of Child. It is not known who performed in this recording.
History
The production was first staged at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon May 2 1997.
Stills
Stills from, and design notes on, the production are available on the Arts and Humanities Performing Arts Data Service (AHDS) at http://ahds.ac.uk/performingarts/collections/designing-shakespeare.htm
Textual information
This modern-dress production was heavily cut, including the the opening scene and Fortinbras.
Reviews
Russell Jackson, Shakespeare Quarterly 50 (1999), pp185-203 (especially 188-190). Vincent Ganby, New York Times 14 June 1998 (Section 2) pp4,26 (review article).

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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