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Performances & Documentaries
Live from Stratford-upon-Avon, Hamlet
Starring Paapa Essiedu. Royal Shakespeare Company, 2015.
Hamlet, National Theatre Collection
Starring Rory Kinnear. Royal National Theatre, 2010.
William Shakespeare's Hamlet
1996 feature film directed by and starring Kenneth Branagh.
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1948 production starring Laurence Olivier. Winner of five Academy Awards, the International Grand Prix of Venice, the New York Film Critic’s Award, and the Parents Magazine Award for Extraordinary Merit.
Hamlet 360: Thy Father's Spirit
A 360-degree adaptation of William Shakespeare's Hamlet performed by the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company. The 360 video is best viewed using a VR headset, such as the Google Pixel phone with Google Cardboard or Daydream View.
The Great Hamlets
In this two part series,Trevor Nunn, artistic director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, talks with some of the greatest actors of the 20th century about their interpretations of Hamlet—John Gielgud, Laurence Olivier, Vittorio Gassman, Richard Burton, Mandy Patinkin, Nicol Williamson, Ben Kingsley, Jean Louis Barrault, Maximilian Schell, and the great Russian actor Innocenti Smoktunovsky. (2 episodes, 56 minutes each)
A journey into Hamlet the play and the man, through the experiences of the major actors and directors who have brought the play to life. Filmed at the Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-Upon-Avon, in London, Canada and Italy, featuring Christopher Plummer, Sir Trevor Nunn, Franco Zeffirelli, John Nettles, John Simm and David Tennant. (44 minutes)
Hamlet (segment from Shakespeare's First Folio, 3 minutes)
Multiple early editions of "Hamlet" exist, two of which were published during Shakespeare's lifetime. Quartos were often printed without consent, such as the first quarto in "Hamlet."
Historical & Social Context