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This is Hamlet

Synopsis
Educational. A feature-length introduction to the play using ‘Larry King’ style interviews with the characters in character and an ‘on the scene’ reporter for updates in the wings as the play progresses. A production of Hamlet takes place at the same time as the interview show, and the characters go back and forth between three spaces: the on-stage production of the play, with full scenes from Shakespeare’s play, the off-stage"wings" of the theatre, where characters are interviewed by the "on-the-scene" reporter, Sarah Siddons, as they enter and exit the stage; and finally, the TV studio, where characters discuss their experiences and motivations with the fictional interview host, Ralph Holinshed. Hamlet and the other characters from the play are performed by professional Shakespearean actors, and they move seamlessly from Shakespeare’s own Elizabethan language to a more accessible contemporary English.
Language
English
Country
United States
Medium
Video
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Year of release
2010
Duration
180 mins

Credits

Director
Greg Watkins
Producer
Greg Watkins; Jeremy Sabol
Cinematographer
Tristan Kolkhorst
Writer
Greg Watkins; Jeremy Sabol
Music
Austin Zumbro
Cast
Patrick AlparoneHamlet
Charles Shaw RobinsonClaudius
Delia MacDougallGertrude
Howard SwainPolonius
Anna BullarsOphelia
Carlo MagnoBarnardo
Joan MankinGravedigger (1)
John GilkeyGravedigger (2)
Jon GentryHoratio
Lance GardnerAmbassador
Liam VincentPlayer King
Mark Anderson PhillipsRosencrantz
Nicholas PelczarLaertes
Ogie ZuluetaMarcellus
Robert ParsonsGhost

Additional Details

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

Notes

Notes
A lesson plan and resources for teachers can be downloaded free of charge: thisishamlet.com/bm.assets/PDF/HamletLessonPlan_NoWorksheets.pdf (accessed 12/2012).

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