Hamlet

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Manchester University Press, Dec 15, 1997 - Drama - 261 pages
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Among Shakespeare's plays, "Hamlet" is considered by many his masterpiece. Among actors, the role of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, is considered the jewel in the crown of a triumphant theatrical career. Now Kenneth Branagh plays the leading role and co-directs a brillant ensemble performance. Three generations of legendary leading actors, many of whom first assembled for the Oscar-winning film "Henry" V, gather here to perform the rarely heard complete version of the play. This clear, subtly nuanced, stunning dramatization, presented by The Renaissance Theatre Company in association with "Bbc" Broadcasting, features such luminaries as Sir John Gielgud, Derek Jacobi, Emma Thompson and Christopher Ravenscroft. It combines a full cast with stirring music and sound effects to bring this magnificent Shakespearen classic vividly to life. Revealing new riches with each listening, this production of "Hamlet" is an invaluable aid for students, teachers and all true lovers of Shakespeare -- a recording to be treasured for decades to come.
 

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Contents

Performing Hamlets meanings
1
Hamlet on stage 16001900
23
old ways meet the new stagecraft
67
Gielgud and Olivier in the 1930s
97
1948 and 1965
119
Royal Shakespeare and Royal Court in 1980
147
Olivier and Kozintsev
170
Zeffirelli and the BBC
197
Translations
224
Notes
242
Appendix
247
Bibliography
252
Index
257
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Anthony B. Dawson is Professor of English and Theatre at the University of British Columbia

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