Internet Shakespeare Editions

Shakespeare in Performance: Film

Hamlet (1972, David Giles)

Release LocationsGB
DirectorDavid Giles
Length1 hrs, 55 mins
Play ConnectionsHamlet (teleplay)


The Prospect Theatre Company Hamlet adapted to television with superstar Ian McKellen in the title role. The p.r. blurb announced that "the special production for television retains the excitement of the stage production which was warmly received by audiences both at home and in five countries abroad" (RT)

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

FranciscoDavid Ashton
GertrudeFaith Brook
PoloniusJames Cairncross
HoratioJulian Curry
Fifth PlayerTerence Dougherty
OpheliaSusan Fleetwood
HamletIan McKellen
Fourth PlayerChristopher Morley
LucianusStephen O'Rourke
Player QueenIan Pigot
Laertes/First PlayerTim Pigott-Smith
GuildensternSimon Prebble
ReynaldoDuncan Preston
RosencrantzTerence Wilton
ClaudiusJohn Woodvine

Production Team and Crew Overview

DirectorDavid Giles
ProducerEddie Kulukundis
Stage DirectorRobert Chetwyn

Production information courtesy of: Kenneth Rothwell