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      /HAMLET, PRINCE OF DENMARK/ (1980)


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    • Dvd Region: 2+4 Pal (UK & Europe)
    • Certificate: U
    • Running Time: Approx. 212 minutes
    • Type: Fullscreen

    • Originally Transmitted: 25th May 1980
    • Dvd Release Date: 2005
    • Released By: BBC Worldwide Ltd.
    • Distributed By: DD Home Entertainment
    • Format: Colour Dvd Pal

    • Language: English
    • Subtitles: English sdh
    • Audio: Mono
    • Format: 4:3

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      A TRAGEDIE

      In 1978, the BBC set itself the task of filming all of William Shakespeare’s plays for television. The resulting productions, renowned for their loyalty to the text, utilised the best theatrical and television directors and brought great performances from leading contemporary actors.

      “Horatio says ‘tis but our fantasy,
      And will not let belief take hold of him
      Touching this dreaded sight twice seen of us.
      Therefore I have entreated him along
      With us to watch the minutes of this night,
      That if again this apparition come
      He may approve our eyes and speak to it….”

      Returning to Denmark, Prince Hamlet finds his father killed and the throne usurped by his uncle. Inspired by his father’s ghost to seek vengeance, he is forced to consider the nature of murder and violence, revenge and intrigue, sex and desire, paranoia and madness and the very essence of humanity itself.

      Derek Jacobi’s portrayal of the Prince of Denmark is often seen as the benchmark for performances of the most complex of all Shakespearian characters. The Los Angeles Times reported: “The stage belongs to Jacobi and, in a performance that grows as he plays in it, he’s a Hamlet you will not soon forget.”


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      "Though this be madness, yet there is method in’t.”

      Derek Jacobi
      and
      Claire Bloom   Eric Porter
      Patrick Stewart   Patrick Allen   Emrys James
      Lalla Ward   Robert Swann

      and
      David Robb

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      DRAMATIS PERSONAE:

      In credits order

    • Derek Jacobi ... Hamlet
    • Claire Bloom ... Gertrude

    • Patrick Stewart ... Claudius
    • Eric Porter ... Polonius
    • Lalla Ward ... Ophelia
    • David Robb ... Laertes
    • Patrick Allen ... Ghost of Hamlet's Father
    • Robert Swann ... Horatio
    • Jonathan Hyde ... Rosencrantz
    • Geoffrey Bateman ... Guildenstern
    • Emrys James ... First Player (King)
    • Jason Kemp ... Second Player (Queen)
    • Geoffrey Beevers ... Third Player (Lucianus)

    • Bill Homewood ... Player in the mime, King
    • Peter Richard ... Player in the mime, Queen
    • Terence McGinity ... Player in the mime, Murderer
    • Peter Burroughs ... Player
    • Stuart Fell ... Player
    • Ian Charleson ... Fortinbras
    • Tim Wylton ... First Gravedigger
    • Peter Benson ... Second Gravedigger
    • Paul Humpoletz ... Marcellus
    • Niall Padden ... Bernardo
    • Christopher Baines ... Francisco
    • John Humphry ... Voltimand
    • John Sterland ... Cornelius
    • Peter Gale ... Osric
    • Raymond Mason ... Reynaldo
    • Dan Meaden ... Norwegian Captain
    • Iain Blair ... Sailor
    • Reginald Jessup ... Messenger
    • Michael Poole ... Priest
    • David Henry ... English Ambassador

      • Director: Rodney Bennett
      • Produced: Cedric Messina
      • Adapted: William Shakespeare’s original play

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      William Shakespeare
      The Tragedy Of

      HAMLET
      Prince of Denmark



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      ABOUT HAMLET, PRINCE OF DENMARK

      To successfully distil the drama, action, poetry and philosophy of one of the greatest plays in the English speaking language into a television production is a formidable task. With Jacobi’s outstanding performance – extraordinarily volatile, tender and dangerous, rich with freshness and enthusiasm – this is a brilliant production rising to every challenge . . .

      Several references from 1589 bear witness to the existence of a play about Hamlet, but the first clear reference to Shakespeare’s work is its entry in the Stationers’ Register on 26th July 1602 as The Revenge of Hamlet Prince [of] Denmark when it was said to have been ‘lately acted by the Lord Chamberlain his servants’. . . . . It is said that seeing Jacobi’s Shakespearean acting in Stratford-Upon-Avon was what inspired Kenneth Branagh to become an actor . . .




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