Talking Hamlet | Actors discuss playing Shakespeare's Dane
CHANNEL | World Service
FIRST BROADCAST | 09 January 1966
DURATION | 7 minutes 35 seconds
In 1966, 23 year old David Warner was believed to be the youngest actor to have played Hamlet on the professional stage. In this interview, he explains his take on the part and how he overcomes some of the difficulties present in the text.
David Warner continued his relationship with Shakespeare both on stage and, in various BBC productions, on television. He is now, perhaps, best known for a number of key roles in horror and fantasy films, such as doomed photographer Jennings in 'The Omen' (1976) and the evil genius in Terry Gilliam's 'Time Bandits' (1981).
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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