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Director Gregory Doran and actor David Tennant discuss the nature of Hamlet's madness. The distinction between real and feigned madness is also discussed by actors Edward Bennett (Laertes) and Mariah Gale (Ophelia). The clip features extracts from the televised version of the 2008 RSC production of 'Hamlet'.
This clip is from:
The Play's the Thing
First broadcast:
20 December 2009

Classroom Ideas

Students of the play will need to consider the theme of madness and this clip is an ideal starting point, especially the notion of real and feigned madness – and whether Hamlet does in fact become (at least to some extent or some of the time) really mad.