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The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark by William Shakespeare, and David Tennant on playing him

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Derek Jacobi Hamlet

Derek Jacobi looking rather old for a teenage Hamlet

I found Hamlet rather difficult to follow. Few stage directions meant I couldn’t tell what the characters were supposed to be doing physically and all nuance of emotion¬†was lost. (Earnest words or sarcasm? Genuine cruelty or pushing someone away for their own good?) About halfway through I decided to watch the BBC’s 1980 adaptation starring Patrick Stewart and Derek Jacobi on YouTube while reading at the same time.

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Project Shakespeare: The RSC William Shakespeare Complete Works


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For this project I figured I would need plenty of notes to understand the text from a reliable source. To keep costs down I looked at buying a complete works. Two editions were available: one produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company and The Norton Shakespeare. Since there were no previews for either edition, I went by popularity. The former won the battle for my cash.

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