Hamlet (Paapa Essiedu): RSC, Blu-ray (2017)
Filmed live in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in June 2016
Simon Godwin directs Paapa Essiedu as Hamlet in Shakespeare’s searing tragedy.
Hamlet has the world at his feet. Young, wealthy and living a hedonistic life studying abroad. Then word reaches him that his father is dead.
Returning home he finds his world is utterly changed, his certainties smashed and his home a foreign land. Struggling to understand his place in a new world order he faces a stark choice. Submit, or rage against the injustice of his new reality.
As relevant today as when it was written, Hamlet confronts each of us with the mirror of our own mortality in an imperfect world.
The DVD/ Blu-ray includes a director’s commentary with Simon Godwin and Assistant Director Anna Girvan.
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‘Simply a terrific Hamlet, a blazing new star standing at the heart of an intelligent and engrossing production’
‘A riveting ride’
‘A landmark production’
‘The performances are terrific… Essiedu the most compellingly youthful Hamlet since Ben Whishaw’
Running time: 180 minutes + 5 minutes (extras)
Region: 0 (Region Free)
Number of discs: 1
Extra Features: Director's Commentary
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