The Prince of Denmark seeks to avenge his murdered father.

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William Shakespeare (play)
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Episode credited cast:
Paul Scofield ... Hamlet
Mary Ure ... Ophelia
Diana Wynyard ... Gertrude
Alec Clunes ... Claudius
Ernest Thesiger ... Polonius
Richard Johnson ... Laertes
Harry H. Corbett ... Gravedigger
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Peter Brook ... Himself - narrator
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The Prince of Denmark seeks to avenge his murdered father.

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 February 1956 (UK) See more »

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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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Version of Hamlet (1979) See more »

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Peter Brook/Paul Scofield Hamlet
29 August 2009 | by JuneTabearSee all my reviews

HAMLET (1956) The first broadcast of a Shakespeare play on British commercial television (ITV). Details are in an article by Olwen Terris, "The Forgotten Hamlet" which appeared in the "Shakespeare Bulletin," v. 25,#2, Summer 2007, pages 35-37.

The British Universities Film and Video Council web site has a fascinating account of how this broadcast scandalized the public because it was bookended by --horror of horrors-- commercial announcements.

Dir: Peter Brook Cast: Paul Scofield, Mary Ure, Diana Wynyard, Alec Clunes, Ernest Thesinger, others.


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