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Shakespeare in Performance: Film

Hamlet (1970, Peter Wood)

Release LocationsGB
DirectorPeter Wood
MediumColor video
Length1 hrs, 55 mins
Audiencegeneral public
Play ConnectionsHamlet (teleplay)


A drastically cut made-for-tv version, costumed in the Regency period. The program was prepared in London and on location at Raby Castle. Richard Chamberlain had also starred in Hamlet on the London stage prior to the making of this teleplay

Description from Shakespeare on Screen : an International Filmography and Videography by Kenneth S. Rothwell and Annabelle Henkin Melzer. ©1990 Kenneth S. Rothwell. Cited by permission. — Added 2008-11-14

Cast Overview

CastAlan Adams
PlayersD. Barclay
CastDavid Belcher
OsricAlan Bennett
GravediggerNorman Bossington
CastHelen Bourne
BarnardoPhilip Brack
HamletRichard Chamberlain
FortinbrasRobert Coleby
GhostJohn Gielgud
MarcellusGodfrey James
ClaudiusRichard Johnson
LaertesNicholas Jones
RosencrantzJames Laurenson
PriestDonald Layne
GertrudeMargaret Leighton
OpheliaCiaran Madden
FranciscoRobert Oates
PoloniusMichael Redgrave
HoratioMartin Shaw
PlayerNigel Stock
CastStephen Williams

Production Team and Crew Overview

DirectorPeter Wood
ProducerCecil Clarke
ProducerGeorge Lemaire
ComposerJohn Addison
Adaptor/TranslatorJohn Barton
ProductionPeter Roden

Production information courtesy of: Kenneth Rothwell