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Talking Hamlet | Actors discuss playing Shakespeare's Dane

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The role of Hamlet has been called the hoop through which every actor must jump, a rite of passage that confers a special kudos on the thespian who can master this most complex and subtle of Shakespeare's characters.

From John Gielgud's lifelong association with the play, both as star and director, via David Warner's student prince to Derek Jacobi and Kenneth Branagh's involvement with television and cinematic treatments, this collection examines the challenges and rewards that some of the giants of the theatre have faced when exploring the enigma of 'Hamlet'.

Talking Hamlet Collection

John Gielgud

Hamlet: The Actor's View

BROADCAST 1954
26 MINUTES

John Gielgud reflects on a 25-year association with the part.

Peter O'Toole.

Monitor

Prince of Denmark

BROADCAST 1963
24 MINUTES

Huw Wheldon chairs a discussion on 'Hamlet'.

David Warner

Perspective

David Warner

BROADCAST 1966
8 MINUTES

David Warner talks about being the youngest professional Hamlet.

Jonathan Miller

The Arts This Week

Jonathan Miller

BROADCAST 1970
6 MINUTES

Jonathan Miller analyses his new production of Shakespeare's 'Hamlet'.

Derek Jacobi as Hamlet.

Prefaces to Shakespeare

Hamlet

BROADCAST 1980
21 MINUTES

A personal view of the role by Derek Jacobi.

Edward Fox

Round Midnight

Edward Fox

BROADCAST 1982
7 MINUTES

Edward Fox on playing the Prince of Denmark.

Kenneth Branagh

Role Play

Hamlet

BROADCAST 1996
23 MINUTES

Kenneth Branagh and Michael Pennington discuss playing Hamlet.

David Tennant

Today

Hamlet

BROADCAST 2008
5 MINUTES

David Tennant's performance as Hamlet under review.

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