Wiseman Film Paris Opera Ballet
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Frederick Wiseman's performance-documentary, La Danse - Le Ballet de l'Opera de Paris, provides an inside look at the French ballet company known for perfection and precision, The Paris Opera Ballet. The film airs for GREAT PERFORMANCES June 16, 2010 at 9 p.m. (check local listings).

 The Making of Hamlet


The Making of Hamlet

Join GREAT PERFORMANCES to go behind the scenes of the Royal Shakespeare Company's exciting new production of William Shakespeare's "Hamlet." David Tennant, Patrick Stewart and director Gregory Doran discuss the creative process of transferring the production from the original RSC stage production to the on-location television film adaptation.

 Production Credits


Production Credits

Gregory Doran

John Wyver
Sebastian Grant

David Tennant

Claudius and The Ghost
Patrick Stewart

Penny Downie

Oliver Ford Davies

Mariah Gale

Edward Bennett

Peter De Jersey

Rosencrantz and Second Gravedigger
Sam Alexander

Tom Davey

Mark Hadfield

Player King
John Woodvine

Osric And Player Queen
Ryan Gage

Dumbshow King
Samuel Dutton

Dumbshow Queen and Priest
Jim Hooper

Reynaldo and Dumbshow Poisoner
David Ajala

Keith Osborn

Ewen Cummins

Francisco and Fortinbras
Robert Curtis

Roderick Smith

Andrea Harris

Ricky Champ

Riann Steele
Zoe Thorne

Sam Jones Cdg

Original ...

Hamlet on Great Performances


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Shakespeare's immortal "To be, or not to be" takes on a whole new meaning (and medium) as classical stage and screen actors David Tennant and (recently-knighted) Sir Patrick Stewart reprise their roles for a modern-dress, film-for-television adaptation of the Royal Shakespeare Company's (RSC) 2008 stage production of Hamlet.

 Preview the Opera
Preview the Opera

Richard Eyre, the renowned British director of theater and film, explores the passionate drama of Bizet’s Carmen and the power of her desires in his new production at the Metropolitan Opera, which premieres on THIRTEEN’S Great Performances at the Met series. “Her sexuality is a life force, it’s a defining ...

 About the Opera
About the Opera

Strauss's comic masterpiece of love and intrigue in 18th-century Vienna stars Renée Fleming as the aristocratic Marschallin and Susan Graham in the trouser role of her young lover Octavian. Edo De Waart conducts a cast that includes Christine Schäfer as Sophie, Eric Cutler as the Italian singer, Thomas Allen as ...

 About the Film
About the Film

Classical stage and screen actors Sir Patrick Stewart, in his Laurence Olivier Award-winning turn as Claudius, and David Tennant, as the titular Dane, reprise their roles in this television adaptation of the Royal Shakespeare Company's 2008 stage production of Hamlet.

 A Ballet in Sneakers: Jerome Robbins and Opus Jazz
A Ballet in Sneakers: Jerome Robbins and Opus Jazz

Watch choreographer (and original West Side Story dancer) Eliot Feld, Sondra Lee (one of Robbins' original "Opus" dancers), along with other Robbins' friends and colleagues join the current cast of dancers to contextualize the cultural and historical importance of Mr. Robbins' career and NY Export: Opus Jazz in this 10 minute documentary by Matt Wolf and Anna Farrell.

 Improvisations, Movement #3
Improvisations, Movement #3

Set in a school gymnasium, the ensemble of Dance In America: NY Export: Opus Jazz performs the third movement of the ballet, "Improvisations, Movement #3."

 Preview the Opera
Preview the Opera

The Metropolitan Opera’s new production of Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann, conducted by Met Music Director James Levine and directed by Tony Award winner Bartlett Sher, premieres on THIRTEEN’S Great Performances at the Met series. Joseph Calleja sings the title role, joined by Anna Netrebko as both Antonia and Stella, Kathleen ...