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Exploring Hamlet

Shakespeare's greatest role ... ?

Taking on one of Shakespeare's most celebrated roles is no mean feat. Enigmatic, conflicted, sensitive, philosophical, melancholy, Hamlet is a multi-dimensional character and a unique challenge for any actor.

From classic performers including Derek Jacobi, David Warner and Christopher Plummer, to modern interpretations like Simon Russell Beale, Adrian Lester and Maxine Peake, we delve into the BBC archives to gain a deeper understanding of the Prince of Denmark and his world...

And watch some contemporary Hamlets, Maxine Peake and Pappa Essiedu, discuss how they approached this famous role...

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Maxine Peake and Paapa Essiedu discuss taking on Shakespeare's most celebrated role.

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