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(The Tragedy of) Hamlet (Prince of Denmark)

Author: William Shakespeare

Productions

New Theatre, 1935
Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, 1948
Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, 1956
The Old Vic, 1957
Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, 1958
Royal Shakespeare Theatre, 1961, RSC
Royal Shakespeare Theatre, 1965, RSC
Royal Shakespeare Theatre, 1970, RSC
The Other Place, 1975, RSC
Royal Shakespeare Theatre, 1980, RSC
Royal Shakespeare Theatre, 1984, RSC
RSC/NatWest Tour, 1987
RSC/RI Tour, 1988
Royal Shakespeare Theatre, 1989, RSC
Barbican Theatre, 1992, RSC
Almeida Theatre Company, 1995
Malvern (Festival) Theatres, 2000, NT

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New Theatre
1935
Presented by Howard Wyndham and Bronson Albery. Producer: John Gielgud.

CharacterPlayed By
Bernardo/1st PlayerGeorge Devine
FranciscoPeter Murray-Hill
Haratio, friend of HamletJack Hawkins
MarcellusEllis Irving
Ghost of Hamlet's FatherWilliam Devlin
Claudius, King of DenmarkFrank Vosper
Laertes, Son of PoloniusGlen Byam Shaw
Polonius, Lord ChamberlainGeorge Howe
Hamlet, Prince of DenmarkJohn Gielgud
Gertrude, Queen of Denmark, Mother to HamletLaura Cowie
Orphelia, Daughter of PoloniusJessica Tandy
Reynaldo, Servant to Polonius/PriestCecil Winter
RosencrantzRichard Ainley
GuildensternAnthony Quayle
2nd PlayerSam Beazley
3rd Player/OsricAlec Guinness
4th PlayerIan Atkins
5th PlayerRichard Dare
Norwegian CaptainPeter Murray-Hill
Fortinbras, Prince of NorwayGeoffrey Toone
A CourierFrith Banbury
1st Grave DiggerBen Field
2nd Grave DiggerLyon Playfair

Court Ladies: Jean Winstanley, Ethel Glendinning, Hermione Hannen, Doris Johnstone.
Courtiers, Ruffians, etc.: John Bown, Philip Clowes, Cedric Bowden, Peter Trent, Ian Atkins, Richard Dare, Guy Vivian.
Soldiers: Messrs. Stewart, Rose, Gunn, Joy, White, Harwood, Chapman, Broadley, Norman, Wade.

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Shakespeare Memorial Theatre
1948
Director: Michael Benthall

CharacterPlayed By
HamletRobert Helpmann
Alternating with PS
HamletPaul Scofield
Alternating with RH
OpheliaClaire Bloom

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Shakespeare Memorial Theatre
First performance: Tuesday 10th April 1956
Director: Michael Langham. Scenery and Lighting: Michael Northen.
Costumes Designer: Desmond Heeley. Music: Alexander Gibson.
Mime Play arranged by Litz Pisk. Fight Arrangers: Bernard Hepton and John Greenwood.

CharacterPlayed By
HamletAlan Badel
Claudius, King of DenmarkHarry Andres
BarnardoPaul Vieyra
FranciscoRobert Arnold
HoratioAnthony Nicholls
MarcellusRon Haddrick
The Ghost of Hamlet's fatherMark Dignam
Gertrude, Queen of DenmarkDiana Churchill
Cornelius, AmbassadorPeter Cellier
Voltimand, AmbassadorDavid William
LaertesAndrew Faulds
PoloniusGeorge Howe
OpheliaDilys Hamlett
ReynaldoPatrick Wymark
RosencrantzJohn Garley
GuildensternEmrys James
The First PlayerClive Revill
Player KingJohn MacGregor
Player QueenJune Brown
DrummerGilbert Cobbett
FortinbrasBasil Hoskins
A CaptainPeter Cellier
Lady attending on the QueenVirginia Maskell
Lady attending on the QueenStephanie Bidmead
AttendantAlan Haywood
AttendantJohn Southworth
A SailorPeter Palmer
A GravediggerPatrick Wymark
A CarpenterJohn MacGregor
A PriestGeorge Little
OsricDavid William
A LordLeon Eagles
Bishops, Lords, Attendants, Sailors, Players, Guards, Danes, Officers and SoldiersRex Robinson, Antony Brown, Thane Bettany, Gordon Gardner, Brian Madison, Derek Mayhew, John Scott, Michael Tate, Ronald Wallce, Barry Warren

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The Old Vic
1957/1958 Season. First performance: Before 4th November 1957
The Old Vic Company. Produced by Michael Benthall.
Decor and Costumes: Audrey Cruddas. Music Composer: Gordon Jacob.

CharacterPlayed By
Bernardo, OfficerRoy Patrick
Francisco, OfficerCharles West
Marcellus, OfficerOliver Neville
Horatio, friend to HamletDavid Dodimead
Claudius, King of DenmarkJack Gwillim
Laertes, son to PoloniusJohn Humphrey
Polonius, Lord ChamberlainDerek Francis
Hamlet, son to the late
and nephew to the current King
John Neville
Gertrude, Queen of Denmakr and
mother to Hamlet
Coral Browne
Ophelia, daughter to PoloniusJudi Dench
Ghost of the late King HamletDaniel Thorndike
Rosencrantz, CourtierDennis Chinnery
Guildenstern, CourtierStanley Meadows
1st Player (King)/A CaptainDavid Waller
4th Player (Prologue)/SailorJohn Rye
2nd Player (Queen)Margaret Courtenay
3rd Player (Lucianus)Brian Badcoe
Fortinbras, prince of NorwayBarrie Ingham
A LadyBarbara Leigh-Hunt
A ServantMichael Culver
Sailor/A PriestHarold Innocent
1st GravediggerRonald Fraser
2nd GravediggerJames Culliford
Osric, a CourtierRichard Gale

Ladies, Courtiers, Players, Soldiers, Sailors: Juliet Cooke, Adrienne Hill, Barbara Leigh-Hunt, James Culliford, Michael Culver, Simon Fraser, Edward Hardwicke, Harold Innocent, Neville Jason, Thomas Johnston, James Mellor, John Rye, Crispian Woodgate.

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Shakespeare Memorial Theatre
1958
Director: Glen Byam Shaw

CharacterPlayed By
HamletMichael Redgrave
GertrudeGoogie Withers

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Royal Shakespeare Theatre
April - December 1961 season
Director: Peter Wood. Designer: Leslie Hurry.
Music: Alan Rawsthorne. Lighting: John Wyckham.
Fights Arranged by: John Barton. Mime Arranged by: Pauline Grant
Music Director: Brian Priestman.

CharacterPlayed By
FranciscoSebastian Breaks
BarnardoJames Kerry
MarcellusClifford Rose
HoratioBrian Murray
Ghost of Hamlet's fatherGordon Gostelow
HamletIan Bannen
PoloniusRedmond Phillips
Claudius, King of DenmarkPaul Hardwick
Gertrude, Queen of DenmarkElizabeth Sellars
Laertes, son of PoloniusPeter McEnery
Ophelia, daughter of PoloniusGeraldine McEwan
RosencrantzDavid Buck
GuildensternIan Richardson
First PlayerTony Church
Player QueenTerry Wale
LucianusRussell Hunter
FortinbrasBarry Warren
A CaptainBrian Wright
SailorBruce McKenzie
First GravediggerNewton Blick
Second GravediggerRussell Hunter
PriestMichael Warchus
OsricGordon Gostelow
Courtiers, Ladies, Servants, Players, SoldiersNarissa Knights, Rosemary Mussell, Georgina Ward, Michael Murray, Julian Battersby, Terry Wale, Paul Bailey, Richard Barr, Michael Blackham, Sebastian Breaks, Eric Flynn, Peter Holmes, Roger Jerome, Bruce McKenzie, Gareth Morgan, ROnald Scott-Dodd, Michael Warchus, Brian Wright
The Royal Shakespeare Theatre Wind BandLeader: Alec Whittaker

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Royal Shakespeare Theatre
1965
Director: Peter Hall

CharacterPlayed By
HamletDavid Warner

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Royal Shakespeare Theatre
1970
Director: Trevor Nunn

CharacterPlayed By
HamletAlan Howard

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The Other Place, Stratford-upon-Avon
1975
Director: Buzz Goodbody

CharacterPlayed By
HamletGriffith Jones
The GhostBen Kingsley

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Royal Shakespeare Theatre
1980
Director: John Barton

CharacterPlayed By
HamletMichael Pennington

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Royal Shakespeare Theatre
1984
Director: Ron Daniels

CharacterPlayed By
HamletRoger Rees
ClaudiusBrian Blessed

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RSC/NatWest Tour
1987
Director: Roger Michell

CharacterPlayed By
HamletPhilip Franks

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RSC/RI Tour
1988

Transfered to Royal Shakespeare Theatre
First performance: 20th April 1989
Director:Ron Daniels

CharacterPlayed By
HamletMark Rylance
ClaudiusPeter Wright

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Barbican Theatre
First performance: 12th December 1992
RSC production. Director: Adrian Noble.
Designer: Bob Crowley. Lighting Designer: Alan Burrett. Music: Guy Woolfenden.
Movement Director: Sue Lefton. Fight Director: Malcolm Ranson.
Sound: Steff Langley and Monkey. Music Director: Tony Stenson.

CharacterPlayed By
Barnardo, a soldier/PriestAnthony Douse
Francisco, a soldier/LucianusDavid Birrell
Marcellus, an officer/PlayerTim Hudson
Horatio, a scholar and friend to HamletRob Edwards
Ghost of Hamlet's FatherClifford Rose
Claudius, his brother, now King of DenmarkJohn Shrapnel
Gertrude, the QueenJan Lapotaire
Hamlet, her sonKenneth Branagh
Cornelius, a courtierRichard Clothier
Voltemand, a courtierPeter Bygott
Polonius, counsellor to the KingDavid Bradley
Laertes, his sonRichard Bonneville
Ophelia, his daughterJoanne Pearce
Reynaldo, in Polonius' employ/Fortinbras, Prince of NorwayIan Hughes
Rosencrantz, friend to HamletMichael Gould
Guildenstern, friend to HamletAngus Wright
Player KingJonathan Newth
Player QueenSian Radinger
Player/Second GravediggerHoward Crossley
Player/Norwegian Captain/
Messenger
Kenn Sabberton
Player/GentlewomanVirginia Denham
First GravediggerRichard Moore
Osric, a courtierGuy Henry
English AmbassadorNick Simons
Musicians
FluteChristopher Lacey
ClarinetVictor Slaymark
BassoonChristopher Jones
HornBrian Newman
HornPhilip Thorne
TrumpetRoderick Tearle
TrumpetPeter Wright
TromboneDavid Hissey
PercussionTony McVey
PercussionBernard Shaw
CelloJulia Vohralik
KeyboardsTony Stenson

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Almeida Theatre Company
Hackney Empire
17th February - 25th March 1995
Sign-interpreted: Monday 13th March 1995, signer: John Lee.
Director: Jonathan Kent. Set: Peter J Davison. Costume: James Acheson.
Lighting: Mark Henderson. Fight: William Hobbs. Sound: John A Leonard.

CharacterPlayed By
GertrudeFrancesca Annis
Members of the CourtRichard Ashcroft
Members of the CourtLara Bobroff
Members of the CourtPeter Carr
PoloniusPeter Eyre
HamletRalph Fiennes
OpheliaTara FitzGerald
Francisco/LucianusGilly Gilchrist
Player QueenCaroline Harris
Prologue/GentlemanPeter Helmer
HoratioPaterson Joseph
PriestGordon Langford-Rowe
Members of the CourtJames Langton
ClaudiusJames Laurenson
LaertesDamian Lewis
BarnardoColin Mace
Marcellus/CaptainTerence McGinity
ReynaldoDavid Melville
OsricNicholas Palliser
FortinbrasRupert Penry-Jones
Ghost/Player King/
Gravedigger
Terence Rigby
GuildensternNicholas Rowe
Members of the CourtAndrew Scarborough
RosencrantzJames Sinclair Wallace

Transferred to an International Tour

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Malvern Theatres - Festival Theatre
Wednesday 2nd - Saturday 12th August 2000
National Theatre production. Director: John Caird.

CharacterPlayed By
HamletSimon Russell Beale
UnknownDenis Quilley
UnknownSara Kestelman
UnknownPeter McEnery
UnknownCatherine Bradshaw

Then World Tour

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