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Big Speech Cut Up - Hamlet

Duration: 04:00

It is considered the hi-light of an actor’s career to take on the role of Hamlet, one of the most demanding roles in theatre and Hamlet’s meditation on life and death, ‘To be or not to be,’ the most famous of speeches. For an actor preparing for the role the pressure is not eased by the roster of great actors who have played the part over the last 50 years, from Laurence Olivier to David Tennant. We have gone back through the BBC’s TV and Radio archives, as well as independent productions, to cut-up the speech across eight great performances, starting in 1948 with Olivier.

Available since: Mon 21 Oct 2013

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