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Review (****): Hamlet at The Globe with Michelle Terry

To The Globe on Sunday, 29th April for the matinee performance (a preview) of their new production of Hamlet.   Michelle Terry has been artistic director of The Globe for a few months now, and her first productions are now coming into production, and hence this review.   She has promised to introduce an ensemble form of production with a group of 12 or so actors taking on a number …Read More

Reheasals at The Globe for Michelle Terry’s Hamlet

Michelle Terry has been in place for a few months now as artistic director of The Globe. Her first productions, Hamlet and As You Like It , are in rehearsal, and they’re both being played by the same ensemble of actors, and are being launched towards the end of April. We plan to attend an early performance of Hamlet, and bring you a review of how it went.   The casting of these two production …Read More

Review (*****) Slings and Arrows, 1, Hamlet; dir. Peter Wellington. Acorn Media 2003.

‘Slings and Arrows’, Season 1, Hamlet, dir. Peter Wellington, Acorn Media. 2003.  6 x 45 minutes.   By Alan Brown   April 2, 2018   ‘Slings and Arrows’, is available:   To stream on YouTube, Encore+, at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLXssjYeUyJVGSvu1YWyTNM2fmXtOpXPYO   in the US, from Amazon.com to buy as a DVD, new from $35.99 https://www.amazon.com/Slings-Arrows-Season-ACORN-MEDIA/dp/B00UGPXPI8   in the UK, from Amazon.co.uk to buy Seasons 1-3, 7 discs (DVD, Region 1), new from …Read More

Hamlet – for children

We’re pleased to publish a children’s version of Hamlet – a bit less tragic than the original, and with more laughs. You should note that, although it is a children’s production, adults laugh like drain when they see it.   It has been adapted by Tim Wilcock, who worked with the children of Shakespeare @ Traquair, to take this adaptation (or an earlier version of it) to the Edinburgh Fringe …Read More

Hamlet A1S2 soliloquy ‘Oh that this too, too, solid flesh…’

My thanks to Alan Brown, Eliza Langland, and Scott Noble, for being willing to share their interpretations of this Hamlet soliloquy from A1S2 for your delight. . As you will have noticed, this video clip combines parts of each of their interpretations into one. If you’d like to hear their individual interpretations, let us know by leaving a comment at the bottom of this post. If there’s enough interest, we’ll put …Read More

Review: (***) Hamlet, (2000) starring Ethan Hawke, directed by Michael Almereyda

This production of Hamlet, with Ethan Hawke as Hamlet,  is available: As a DVD for  £14.94 at Amazon.co.uk (N.B. a Region 1 import) As a DVD for $7.99 at Amazon.com  Prices are indicative – check the actual price at the Vendors’ links above. . Our Bottom Line: Worth seeing but contrivance is all. . Our Review (***) Forget majesty – and nobility come to that. ‘Our whole kingdom’ is become the Denmark Corporation, the King is its …Read More

Let’s Explore in depth, characters in Hamlet – and other plays

With the publication of Hamlet, we’ve started to help you to explore, in depth, characters in the play. If you look at the Index to Hamlet to the right of this post, you’ll see that there’s a section called ‘Let’s Explore’, with links to four characters from the play: Hamlet, Gertrude, Pelonius, and Ophelia. . Click on any of those links and you’re taken to a page which gives a brief outline …Read More

Review; **** Laurence Olivier’s Hamlet (1948)

This classic  production of Hamlet, with Laurence Olivier as Hamlet,  is available: To Stream (or download) for Amazon Prime Members for £3.59 at Amazon.co.uk Laurence Oliviier Hamlet To stream (or purchase) from Amazon.com for  $3.99 at Amazon.com Laurence Olivier Hamlet – streaming As a DVD from Amazon.com for $21.96 fromAmazon.com Laurence Oliver Hamlet DVD . Prices are indicative – check the actual price at the Vendors’ links above. Our Bottom Line: This is a classic production of …Read More

Let’s Explore: Ophelia in Hamlet

If you haven’t tried out our  techniques of using ‘Parts and Cues’ and ‘Highlit Text’ to explore a Shakespeare character, then you’ll find it helpful to read the detailed explanation we give for the character Hamlet (click on Let’s Explore Hamlet). . You can explore any Shakespearean character in a play  published by Players-Shakespeare.com in a similar way. Here we help you explore Ophelia, the daughter of Polonius and the girlfriend …Read More