Talking Hamlet | Actors discuss playing Shakespeare's Dane
CHANNEL | The Third Programme
FIRST BROADCAST | 16 May 1954
DURATION | 25 minutes 56 seconds
A detailed and perceptive masterclass on 'Hamlet' and its leading character from one of the giants of the theatre.
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.
John Gielgud reflects on a 25-year association with the part.
Huw Wheldon chairs a discussion on 'Hamlet'.
David Warner talks about being the youngest professional Hamlet.
Jonathan Miller analyses his new production of Shakespeare's 'Hamlet'.
A personal view of the role by Derek Jacobi.
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