Hamlet with David Tennant

To be, or not to be: that is the question. David Tennant meets fellow actors who’ve taken on Hamlet and compares notes on how to play a character that’s been played, probably, a million different ways.

An acclaimed Hamlet in a recent Royal Shakespeare Company production, Tennant looks into the text about the doomed Danish Prince alongside the actors Jude Law, Simon Russell Beale and Ben Whishaw. This is a play made of historical sources and religious wars, existential questions, the meaning of life and death, and the idea that ghosts are real and speak.

Tennant also finds that many actors who’ve played Hamlet share a common experience: deeply and profoundly personal, life changing.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/darthlaurie Laurie Richards

    Hamlet isn’t one of my favorite plays. Sure I love certain passages, but I just don’t get why everyone loves Hamlet. I appreciated the perspectives presented. I’m hoping there will be more of these episodes…King Lear and Richard III as well as looking at some of the comedies individually would be terrific. Thanks for an amazing program that I’m sad to see come to an end.