Shakespeare - Hamlet (DVD)
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Label: Opus Arte
Cat No: OA1322D
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 23rd October 2020
Encompassing political intrigue and sexual obsession, philosophical reflection and violent action, tragic depth and wild humour, Hamlet is a colossus in the story of the English language and the fullest expression of Shakespeare’s genius.
Learning of their father’s death, Hamlet comes home to find their uncle married to their mother and installed on the Danish throne. At night, the ghost of the old king demands that Hamlet avenge their ‘foul and most unnatural murder’.
Michelle Terry leads the cast in her first role since becoming Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre’s Artistic Director, and this production follows her artistic aims of creating a gender balanced Company. Wonderful, diverse and unique performances abound from the 12-member cast, many in roles not ‘meant’ for them as Federay Holmes and Elle While’s production shifts the focus to the what characters see and hear, as opposed to looking and listening.
“Terry is fiercely intelligent and wonderfully funny and has a great wealth of experience at playing Shakespeare” – The Independent ★★★★
“Terry is the fourth female Hamlet I have seen and she brings to the role all the qualities one might expect. She speaks the verse intelligently, initially conveys a sense of bereft solitude – her voice cracks on the implication that she ‘seems’ to be affecting grief – and is very good at suggesting bottled rage.” – The Guardian
“It’s a production that places clarity of verse and emotion over directorial fireworks.” – The Stage
Extra features: Cast gallery
- Hamlet: Michele Terry
- Claudius: James Garnon
- Gertrude: Helen Schlesinger
- Polonius: Richard Katz
- Ophelia: Shubham Saraf
- Horatio: Caitrin Aaron
- Ghost: Colin Hurley
- Laertes: Bettrys Jones
- Fortinbras: Jack Laskey
- Guildenstern: Nadia Nadarajah
- Rosencrantz: Pearce Quigley
Directors: Federay Holmes and Elle While
Designer: Ellan Parry
Choreographer: Sian Williams
Fight director: Yarit Dor
Composer: James Maloney
Duration: approx. 154 minutes
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