Talking Hamlet | Actors discuss playing Shakespeare's Dane
CHANNEL | BBC Television Service
FIRST BROADCAST | 27 October 1963
DURATION | 24 minutes 14 seconds
Huw Wheldon bravely referees this clash of the titans as Peter O'Toole, Orson Welles and veteran thespian Ernest Milton compete to present the definitive analysis of 'Hamlet'. The atmosphere and some of the language used reflect this progamme's original late-night timeslot. This programme is incomplete and has some audio drop-out.
At the time this programme was made, Peter O'Toole was enjoying his first taste of stardom, having been nominated for an Oscar for his leading role in David Lean's masterpiece, 'Lawrence of Arabia'. During the same year (1963), he would also star as Hamlet in the National Theatre's inaugural performance, directed by Laurence Olivier. O'Toole's stage credentials were impeccable, as he had been recruited to the Royal Shakespeare Company by Peter Hall at the tender age of 26.
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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