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Hamile: The Tongo Hamlet. [Hamlet] (1964, Terry Bishop)

TitleHamile: The Tongo Hamlet. [Hamlet]
Release LocationsGhana
DirectorTerry Bishop
Length2 hrs
Play ConnectionsHamlet (derivative)


"The action of the play takes place in Tongo, the home of the Frafra People, who live in the far north of Ghana. The text is unaltered, except where it would not make sense in a Frafra community, or where an archaic word obscures the meaning. Based on the stage production as performed by the students of the University of Ghana School of Music and Drama" (P.R. handout)

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

Ibrahim/PoloniusErnest Abbequaye
ClaudiusJoe Akornor
OsricFred Akuffo-Lartey
GhostSandy Arkhurst
Abdulai/Rosencrantz And GuildensternGad Gadugan
MarcellusJacob Gharbin
HamletMiddleton-Mends Kofi
1st GravediggerAhuofe Okuampa
HoratioMartin Owusu
GertrudeFrances Sey
Habiba/OpheliaMary Yirenkyi

Production Team and Crew Overview

DirectorTerry Bishop
ProducerSam Aryeetey
ProducerJoe De Graft
EditorEgbert Adjeso
ComposerJ. N. Nketia
LightingR. O. Fenuku
Dubbing MixerSteve Ampah
CameraAnson Wordie
Production AdviserGeorge Awoonor-Williams

Production information courtesy of: Kenneth Rothwell