RSC, Hamlet, 2009, Act I, Scene 2: Patrick Stewart as Claudius, David Tennant as Hamlet

This televised version of Hamlet, with Patrick Stuart as King Claudius and David Tennant as Prince Hamlet, deftly transposed a staged production to a television format, making it available beyond the standing-room-only theatre setting (oversold to enthusiasts for Tennant’s earlier television role as Dr. Who). There is a resulting considerable gain in subtlety and precision permitted by close-ups and shifting angles of vision.

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