Written by William Shakespeare

Publisher: None
Pages: 289
Genre: Classics, Plays
Published: 1602-01-01
Original Language: English

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.

Read in English
Rating: 4/5
Review: Once I bothered to read it properly, I liked Hamlet. We did it in class, a few scenes at a time, which really wasn’t very conducive to me enjoying it. About half way through the classes on Hamlet I read the rest of the play as a whole, and once I did that I kind of got it, and realised why it is good.

I’ve also seen it on stage a few times in Scotland (one of them with someone who I’m sure is famous in the role of Hamlet, though I can’t remember who), and I appreciated it more on stage than I did as a book.