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Hamlet: The Age of Elizabeth (1959, John Barnes)

TitleHamlet: The Age of Elizabeth
Release LocationsUSA
DirectorJohn Barnes
MediumColor video
Length30 mins
Audiencecollege and university
high school
Play ConnectionsHamlet (documentary)
SeriesThe Humanities Series


This is Part One of a four-part series on Hamlet (see also numbers 112, 113, and 114). Using portraits (e.g., Sir Francis Drake), maps (Visscher's View), and models (Globe playhouse), Prof. Maynard Mack of Yale University discusses the relationship between the age of Elizabeth and Hamlet. Included also are excerpts from King Henry VIII, Titus, and Hamlet by actors from the Stratford, Canada, Shakespearean Festival

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

CastDouglas Campbell
CastDonald Davis
HamletPeter Donat
LecturerMaynard Mack
CastWilliam Needles
CastTony Van Bridge

Production Team and Crew Overview

DirectorJohn Barnes
DirectorMichael Boehmer
DirectorMichael Langham
DirectorAngelo McDermott
DirectorFloyd Rinker
EditorRobert Johnson
EditorFred Lasse
Production ManagerCurtis Davis
CostumesDesmond Heeley
PhotographyMichael Livesey
ProductionTom Brown
ProductionC. Walter Hodges
PropertiesBrian Johnson
OperationsWilliam Hall

Company Overview

Producer Encyclopaedia Britannica Educational Corporation

Production information courtesy of: Kenneth Rothwell