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The Doctor and Captain Picard Take On The Bard April 29, 2010

Posted by rainegendron in Doctor Who, Hamlet, Science Fiction, Shakespeare.
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I love science fiction, but I am also a sucker for anything Shakespeare. Therefore I was happy to view the film version of the recent RSC production of Hamlet starring sci-fi giants David Tennant and Sir Patrick Stewart on PBS Great Performances last night.

And it is indeed a great performance. Tennant gives a masterful and sensitive performance of the famous melancholy Dane, deftly balancing Hamlet’s sadness and madness with a fierce repressed anger. Stewart is powerful as the conniving Claudius and also gives a sad and frightful turn as the Ghost of Hamlet’s father. A fine cast rounds out the remaining familiar characters in what is perhaps Shakespeare’s most famous work.

There’s the respect/That make calamity of so long life./
For who would bear the whips and scorns of time,/
The opressor’s wrong, the proud man’s contumely,/

Check your local PBS station for viewing times, or watch the film online at PBS Online/Great Performances.