Thursday, August 30, 2012

My Life at the Theater: HAMLET






I have seen the story of the Prince of Denmark many times. Paul Gross (SLINGS AND ARROWS in the clip above) made a remarkable Hamlet at Stratford in 2000. In 1992, I saw a production at the Hilberry Theater in Detroit and a few years earlier. a production at the Attic Theater in Detroit. I know there are more but these were the playbills I could find. Then the movies, of course.

HAMLET never lets you down.

6 comments:

neer said...

Hi

I went to Todd Mason's blog and realised that you are colecting the links for the FFB.

Here's mine: The End of Her Honeymoon by Marie Belloc Lowndes (1913)

http://inkquilletc.blogspot.in/2012/08/ffb-end-of-her-honeymoon-by-marie.html

Thanks.

Deb said...

I saw an unedited production of Hamlet in the early 1980s. It was over four hours long (with intermission), but was most affecting: when Hamlet died, I really did feel like crying myself.

But if you really feel that Hamlet never lets you down, check out the Mystery Science Theater 3000 version which stars Maximillian Schell, was made for German Tv in the 1960s, and is very badly dubbed. MST3K makes it a hoot, of course, but I think the original might have defeated even the most ardent Hamlet fan.

John said...

So far my favorite has been David Tennant as Hamlet with Patrick Stewart (Claudius and Ghost), Pennie Downie (Gertrude) and Mariah Gale (Ophelia). Unbelievably, though I have seen countless Shakspeare plays live in the theater I have yet to see Hamlet on stage anywhere.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Unbelievably, though I have seen countless Shakspeare plays live in the theater I have yet to see Hamlet on stage anywhere.

Not sure what you mean by this.

John said...

I've seen Hamlet performed only in movie adaptations, never on stage. Is that clearer?

pattinase (abbott) said...

The "live" threw me.