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Reviews and discussions of past Hamlets on stage and film.

Hamlet on Film: Kevin Kline, 1990

Released the same year as Franco Zeffirelli and Mel Gibson’s film version, Kevin Kline’s Hamlet stands as its equal and perfect opposite. Where Zeffirelli is operatic, Kline is utilitarian; where Zeffirelli is historically authentic, Kline is unapologetically modern; where Z. encourages his cast to indulge in histrionics, K. and his supporting cast dial it down,…


Maxine Peake’s Hamlet on Film

Marvelous news, at least for British Hamlet fans. Last year’s Royal Exchange Theatre production in Manchester, directed by Sarah Frankcom and starring Maxine Peake in the title role, will be adapted to film in 2015. Currently, there will only be limited screenings in the UK, but I’m sure a DVD/BluRay release will follow. I am…


Hamlet on Film: Franco Zeffirelli/Mel Gibson, 1990

To start the process of cataloging productions of Hamlet, I figured I’d start with the first film version I saw: Franco Zeffirelli’s 1990 production, starring Alan Bates, Glenn Close, and Mel Gibson. I saw this film during its theatrical release, which would have made me 16 or 17. I’m pretty sure I read the play…