Talking Hamlet | Actors discuss playing Shakespeare's Dane

Prefaces to Shakespeare | Hamlet

A personal view of the role by Derek Jacobi.

CHANNEL | Radio 4

FIRST BROADCAST | 18 May 1980

DURATION | 20 minutes 52 seconds

FIRSTBROADCAST

1980

Synopsis

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.

Did you know?

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'.

Contributors

Derek Jacobi
Presenter

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