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Hamlet 2: The Readiness is All

Synopsis
A programme in the Open University’s Arts Foundation Course.

The programme analyses Hamlet’s mind as he faces death. Brian Stone introduces scenes and speeches throughout the play and, by juxtaposing them, shows the correspondences "between the different sections which deal with fate, action and death". The programme include soliloquies the gravedigger scene and the final moment of Hamlet’s death. It raises the question as to what kind of hero Hamlet is and what genre the play itself is written in.
Series
Open University A100
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Television
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Transmission details
11 Jul 1971
Duration
25:22

Credits

Producer
Richard Callanan
Contributor
Brian Stone; Cicely Palser Havely
Cast
Tom ChadbonHamlet
Elizabeth SpriggsGertrude
Diana QuickOphelia
Colin BakerOsric
John CrockerLord
Reginald Barratt 
Richard O’CallaghanHoratio
Robert GillespieGravedigger

Additional Details

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

Notes

Notes
The Open University’s library and archive facilities are available to students and staff of the OU only. Outside researchers wishing to gain access should contact the Librarian. A script is also available for reference. A camera script is also available for reference.

Production Company

Name

BBC Open University Productions

Archive

Name

Open University Archive

Email
lib-help@open.ac.uk
Web
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Phone
+44 (0) 1908 659 001
Address
Library Services
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