Talking Hamlet | Actors discuss playing Shakespeare's Dane
CHANNEL | Radio 4
FIRST BROADCAST | 18 May 1980
DURATION | 20 minutes 52 seconds
Derek Jacobi considers the character of Hamlet and examines the many interpretations of a role that is often regarded as the very pinnacle of a classical actor's career, as well as one that calls upon the full range of his talents.
Derek Jacobi, often regarded as the natural heir to great classical actors such as Laurence Olivier and John Gielgud, was one of the founding members of Olivier's new National Theatre and played Laertes to Peter O'Toole's Hamlet in its inaugural 1963 production. Younger viewers will be familiar with Jacobi's voice as the narrator of children's bedtime favourite 'In the Night Garden'.
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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