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Hamlet

Synopsis
Video of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s 2016 staging of Hamlet directed by Simon Godwin with a predominately all-black cast and Paapa Essiedu in the title role.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Year of release
2016
Recording date
2016

Credits

Director
Simon Godwin
Writer
William Shakespeare
Music
Sola Akingbola
Production Design
Paul Wills
Cast
Paapa EssieduHamlet
Clarence SmithClaudius
Tanya MoodieGertrude
Cyril NriPolonius
Natalie SimpsonOphelia
Bethan CullinaneGuildenstern
Byron MondahlAmbassador
Doreene BlackstockPlayer Queen
Eke ChukwuVoltemand
Ewart James WaltersGhost
Ewart James WaltersGravedigger
Hiran AbeysekeraHoratio
James CooneyRosencrantz
Kevin N. GoldingBarnardo
Kevin N. GoldingPriest
Kevin N. GoldingPlayer King
Marcus GriffithsLaertes
Marième DioufCornelia
Romayne AndrewsOsric
Temi WilkeyPlayer
Theo OgundipeLucianus
Theo OgundipeFortinbras
Theo OgundipeMarcellus

Additional Details

Theatre
Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Theatre company
Royal Shakespeare Company
Production type
Stage Recordings
Historical period
Contemporary
Plays
Hamlet
Subjects
Drama; Shakespeare
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Black actors
Related items
Pappa Essiedu on His Ghanaian-Influenced Hamlet at the RSC

Notes

Notes
"Theatrical history was made last night in Stratford. For the first time since it came into being in 1961, the RSC has given the role of Hamlet to a black actor". Dominic Cavendish, Daily Telegraph, 22 March 2016.
History
The production was relayed live to cinemas by RSC Live from Stratford upon Avon on 8 June 2016. A DVD of the performance, released November 2016, is catalogued separately on tis database.

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

Distributor

Name

Royal Shakespeare Company, Mail Order

Web
https://www.rsc.org.uk/buyonline/shopping/index.asp?category=65&sessionid=958647199122126557164598758&deptnum=2 External site opens in new window
Phone
01789 748114
Fax
01789 748115
Address
Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
Warwickshire
CV37 6B

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