David Tennant stars as Hamlet and is joined by fellow cast members from the popular Royal Shakespeare Company production, including Patrick Stewart as Claudius. Tennant won a great deal of praise and accolades for his role in the Shakespeare play with The Guardian referring to the Scot as, "the greatest Hamlet of his generation."
The King of Denmark is dead and has been succeeded by his brother Claudius. Claudius has also married Gertrude, the widowed Queen. Hamlet, Gertrude's son, is already distressed by his father's death and the hasty remarriage and when his father's ghost appears to tell him that he had been murdered by Claudius, Hamlet vows revenge. To cover his intentions, he feigns madness. Polonius, the Lord Chamberlain, whose daughter Ophelia is all but betrothed to Hamlet, believes that his madness is caused by repressed love and sets a trap for them. Spied on by Polonius and Claudius, Hamlet encounters Ophelia and violently rejects her.
David Tennant stars as Hamlet.
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“This was a moving performance with outstanding character roles from David Tennant and Patrick Stewart. 'Hamlet, Prince of Denmark' was the first Shakespeare play I ever read (when I was ten) and this is by far the best rendition of the play I have seen. Tennant's Hamlet was full of frenetic energy clearly displaying the troubled mind of the character whilst also capturing the duality of his nature. Patrick Stewart was superb (only to be expected) and his roles as both Old Hamlet and the Claudius were full of feeling and believable. This is the finest example of Hamlet I have seen in a long time. The acting allows the dialogue to be understood within the context of the play so that even someone not familiar with Shakespeare's English, would be able to follow the plot. Even the minor character roles of Laertes and Ophelia managed to stand out and were memorable. However, the role of Polonius was just magical. Never before have I seen the role so magnificently played.”
“I thought this was a magnificent production. Tennant's hamlet is disturbed and disturbing, full of energy and wildness in places and clamped down simmering rage in others. He uses the 'stage' beautifully, and his performance seems completely ego-less. Stewart as the King and the ghost of old hamlet was, frankly, a delight (no big surprise). The surprise for me was how wonderful Polonius was. By far the best Polonius I have ever seen. This must be the tenth or eleventh production I've seen of hamlet (on stage and on screen). Most have had thinsg I loved and things I hated. Loved Jacobi as Hamlet, but hated the production itself (laertes was awful). There was nothing in this that I hated, it was such a classy production. It's the first one that has come close to hitting me in the same way that my first exposure to Hamlet hit me way back when i was a nipper. The weaker elements (Laertes and Ophelia) were only weaker because they were set against such strong performances from the rest. Even they only slipped a little, from time to time, with most of their time on screen/stage strong enough to make me care. Their early scenes in particular got across a strong, affectionate brother-sister bond. Visually, this is a stunning piece of work. The setting of Elsinore is claustrophobic and compelling in itself. Very much a character within the play. The dialogue trips with rhythm, and is delivered so naturally, that even the more oblique language is made clear by the context and delivery. I think I could probably sit my 12 year old niece down in front of this and she'd understand exactly what was going on, even if she didn't.”
“This is a great Shakespearean play -modern (video-technique), but so near to the text, something that is often missing in German productions. David Tennant is an excellent Hamlet, I am so sorry that I haven't seen this play in Stratford. Years ago I saw the fantastic Henry V with Kenneth Branagh in Stratford, David Tennant is a great follower in his track. Norbert Timm, retired English teacher. ”
From: Norbert Timm