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 keenly interested in the tradition of female Hamlets, for reasons I’ll explore on this blog down the road a ways. Peake’s performance has been praised across the board; Michael Billington writes about a “fine performance that confirms Peake’s capacity for emotional directness and a fierce, uncensored honesty.” I look forward to having the chance to see it.