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Hamlet

Synopsis
A re-staging for television of Gregory Doran’s 2008 RSC production of Hamlet first staged at The Courtyard Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon with David Tennant reprising his performance in the title role.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Television; Video
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Transmission details
26 Dec 2009 at 17:05 (Channel: BBC2)
Duration
185 mins

Credits

Director
Gregory Doran
Producer
John Wyver
Cinematographer
Chris Seager
Writer
William Shakespeare
Music
Paul Englishby
Production Design
Robert Jones
Cast
David TennantHamlet
Patrick StewartClaudius
Penny DownieGertrude
Oliver Ford DaviesPolonius
Mariah GaleOphelia
Andrea HarrisCornelia (Cornelius)
David AjalaReynaldo
Edward BennettLaertes
Ewen CumminsBarnardo
Jim HooperPriest
John WoodvinePlayer King
Keith OsbornMarcellus
Mark HadfieldGravedigger (1)
Patrick StewartGhost
Peter de JerseyHoratio
Riann SteeleLady
Ricky ChampLucianus
Robert CurtisFrancisco
Robert CurtisFortinbras
Roderick SmithVoltemand
Ryan GageOsric
Sam AlexanderRosencrantz
Sam AlexanderGravedigger (2)
Samuel DuttonPlayer
Tom DaveyGuildenstern
Zoe ThorneLady

Additional Details

Theatre company
Royal Shakespeare Company
Production type
Television and Radio Drama
Historical period
Contemporary
Plays
Hamlet
Subjects
Drama; Shakespeare
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Doubling of roles
Related items
Hamlet
Hamlet
Hamlet: Interview with Patrick Stewart
Learning Zone: Shakespeare - From Page to Stage, The
Learning Zone: Shakespeare - From Stage to Screen, The
Learning Zone: Shakespeare - The Play’s the Thing, The

Notes

Notes
The DVD has an audio commentary and a 35 minute documentary on the making of the production.

The production from the PBS broadcast can be streamed at http://www.pbs.org/wnet/gperf/episodes/hamlet/watch-the film/980/ but NOT in Canada. (accessed 6/2010).
History
The original stage production played in repertoire at The Courtyard Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon 24 July -15 November 2008, followed by performances at the Novello Theatre, London 3 December 2008-10 January 2009. Broadcast on BBC2 on 26/12/2009 and on PBS in the ‘Great Performances’ series April 28 2010.
Documentation
The website www.bbc.co.uk/hamlet includes:
a teacher’s guide from the RSC; key scenes explained; actors talking about their roles;
lots of examples of Hamlet on film and on the RSC stage; behind the scenes footage; summaries of plot, scene and character on BBC Bitesize

Online Availability

Online URL
www.bbc.co.uk/hamlet

Production Company

Name

Illuminations

Email
louise@illuminationsmedia.co.uk
Web
http://www.illuminationsmedia.co.uk External site opens in new window
Phone
020 7288 8400
Fax
020 7288 8488
Address
19-20 Rheidol Mews
Rheidol Terrace
Islington
London
N1 8NU
Notes
Illuminations produces and distributes programmes on arts-related subjects, some of which are made for television and others in conjunction with cultural institutions to accompany specific exhibitions. Many titles are available for sale on DVD, including continuing series on leading contemporary and twentieth century artists and modern architecture, as well as a few programmes on religion, drama, history and ideas.

Sponsor

Name

BBC Television

Archive

Name

BFI National Archive

Web
http://www.bfi.org.uk/archive-collections/searching-access-collections/research-viewing-services External site opens in new window
Phone
020 7255 1444
Fax
020 7436 0165
Address
21 Stephen Street
London
W1T 1LN
Name

Learning on Screen Off-Air Recording Back-up Service

Email
services@bufvc.ac.uk
Web
http://bufvc.ac.uk/tvandradio/offair External site opens in new window
Phone
020 7393 1514
Fax
020 7393 1555
Address
For Learning on Screen Members only
77 Wells Street
London
W1T 3QJ

Distributor

Name

BBC Store

Web
https://store.bbc.com/ External site opens in new window
Notes
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Distributor (Sale)

Name

Retail outlets

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