Talking Hamlet | Actors discuss playing Shakespeare's Dane

Hamlet: The Actor's View

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

CHANNEL | The Third Programme

FIRST BROADCAST | 16 May 1954

DURATION | 25 minutes 56 seconds

FIRSTBROADCAST

1954

Synopsis

A detailed and perceptive masterclass on 'Hamlet' and its leading character from one of the giants of the theatre.

Did you know?

In 1936, the so-called 'Battle of the Hamlets' took place when Gielgud's 'Hamlet' opened just before Leslie Howard's version in New York. Poor reviews for Howard and word-of-mouth praise for Gielgud led to a run that broke John Barrymore's previous record and was only beaten by a production starring Richard Burton that ran for 17 consecutive weeks in 1964.

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