Prefaces to Shakespeare - Hamlet

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'.

↗ Originally broadcast 18 May 1980.

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