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Available versions

1948: Laurence Olivier

1964: Philip Saville

1964: Bill Colleran, John Gielgud

1964: Grigori Kozintsev

1969: Tony Richardson

1976: Celestino Coronada

1980: Rodney Bennett

1990: Kevin Kline

1990: Franco Zeffirelli

1996: Kenneth Branagh

2000: Michael Almereyda

2000: Campbell Scott, Eric Simonson

2002: Peter Brook

2003: Michael Mundell

2007: Alexander Fodor

2009: Simon Bowler

2009: Gregory Doran

2011: Bruce Ramsay

2014: Adam Hall

2015: Sarah Frankcom, Margaret Williams

2015: Dick Douglass, Obie Dean

2016: Jennifer Nicole Stang

2016: Simon Godwin


Adaptations

1992: Natalya Orlova, Dave Edwards (animated)

2004: Hamlet (opera, Ambroise Thomas)


Production drama

2003: Slings and Arrows (Season 1)


Educational

1990: Discovering Hamlet

2010: This is Hamlet

2013: Shakespeare Uncovered (Season 1, Ep. 6)


Related

1990: Rosencrantz and Guildernstern are Dead

2008: Hamlet 2

2014: Hamlet A.D.D.


Hamlet
2009: Gregory Doran

This film makes a great comparandum to the 2000 Michael Almereyda version of Hamlet. It is similarly transposed into a modern cultural idiom, marked with chrome-and-glass decor and severe architecture, the liberal deployment of video-surveillance equipment, guns, and the like, and yet it brings the play together rather than shredding it for the purposes of displaying ingenuity.

The linch-pin of the performance, of course, is David Tennant’s turn as Hamlet himself. Tennant, known to the wider world largely through his stint as Doctor Who, is one of the most electrifying and immediate actors in the Shakespearean tradition. As Hamlet, he brings forth his lines, some of them so familiar as to seem entirely outworn, as if they were just newly occurring to him. The performance is, I would argue, among the best. The only other one I can think of to equal it is Derek Jacobi’s version in the BBC series. Even Branagh’s Hamlet seems more contrived and less immediate.

Patrick Stewart returns to the role of Claudius once again, nearly thirty years after his BBC rendition of the part, playing against Derek Jacobi. The comparison of the two performances is enlightening.

The art direction, the colors, and every other aspect of this production, are all meticulously tuned, and they will play well on the high-resolution screen.

One could go on at some length about this play, but in the long run, one needs to see it to appreciate it. Highly recommended.


Barnardo: Ewen Cummins

Claudius; Ghost: Patrick Stewart

Cornelia: Andrea Harris

Dumbshow King: Samuel Dutton

Dumbshow Queen; Priest: Jim Hooper

Francisco; Fortinbras: Robert Curtis

Gertrude: Penny Downie

Gravedigger: Mark Hadfield

Guildenstern: Tom Davey

Hamlet: David Tennant

Horatio: Peter De Jersey

Lady-in-waiting: Riann Steele

Lady-in-waiting: Zoe Thorne

Laertes: Edward Bennett

Lucianus: Ricky Champ

Marcellus: Keith Osborn

Ophelia: Mariah Gale

Osric; Player Queen: Ryan Gage

Player King: John Woodvine

Polonius: Oliver Ford Davies

Reynaldo; Dumbshow Poisoner: David Ajala

Rosencrantz; Second Gravedigger: Sam Alexander

Voltemand: Roderick Smith