Talking Hamlet | Actors discuss playing Shakespeare's Dane

Today | Hamlet

David Tennant's performance as Hamlet under review.

CHANNEL | Radio 4

FIRST BROADCAST | 06 August 2008

DURATION | 4 minutes 58 seconds

FIRSTBROADCAST

2008

Synopsis

In this item from a longer programme, Evan Davis hears from theatre critic Michael Billington on the Royal Shakespeare Company's new production of 'Hamlet', starring 'Doctor Who' actor David Tennant. They are joined by Simon Russell Beale, who played Hamlet in 2000, to discuss the merits of actors who are known for their TV work venturing onto the stage.

Did you know?

As the star of TV science-fiction series 'Doctor Who', David Tennant met William Shakespeare (played by Dean Lennox Kelly) and helped him defeat a coven of alien witches. The 2007 episode, called 'The Shakespeare Code', also saw the Doctor casually drop into conversation a number of quotes that Shakespeare ended up using in his work (as well as a couple from Dylan Thomas and JK Rowling that he didn't).

Contributors

Evan Davis
Presenter
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Simon Russell Beale
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