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Shakespeare in Performance: Stage Production

Hamlet (1964)

Theater Company
Release LocationsCanada
Play ConnectionsHamlet (musical)


The performance opened in Toronto before moving to New York, where it ran for 137 performances and was a great financial success. Its popularity may be partially attributed to Burton's romance with Elizabeth Taylor (whom he married while the performance was in Canada). Three different performances were filmed and then edited into a single film, now known frequently referred to as "Richard Burton's Hamlet."

Performance Chronicle Gatekeeper — Added 2012-08-07

Cast Overview

HamletRichard Burton
PoloniusHume Cronyn
LaertesJohn Cullum
ClaudiusAlfred Drake
Queen GertrudeEileen Herlie
OpheliaLinda Marsh
HoratioRobert Milli

Production Team and Crew Overview

DirectorJohn Gielgud
ProducerAlexander H. Cohen

Production information courtesy of: Performance Chronicle Gatekeeper [website]