Internet Shakespeare Editions

Shakespeare in Performance: Film

Hamlet (1969, Tony Richardson)

Release LocationsGB
DirectorTony Richardson
MediumColor video
Length1 hrs, 57 mins
Audiencecollege and university
general public
Play ConnectionsHamlet (recording)


This 1969 Hamlet originally was a stage production that received wide acclaim both in London and New York as well as on subsequent road shows in lesser cities. The film version, actually made for television, was produced at London's Roundhouse Theatre, a recycled railway locomotive shop. The damp walls, flickering candles, and dark ambience curiously capture the essence of Elsinore

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

RosencrantzBen Aris
MarcellusJohn Carney
Francisco/Courtier/ SailorRobin Chadwick
PriestIan Collier
PoloniusMark Dignam
Player Queen/CourtierRichard Everett
OpheliaMarianne Faithfull
OsricPeter Gale
GuildensternClive Graham
Messenger/ CourtierMark Griffith
ClaudiusAnthony Hopkins
Court LadyAnjelica Huston
HoratioG. Jackson
CourtierBill Jarvis
Lucianus/GravediggerRoger Livesey
Reynaldo/ Courtier/PlayerRoger Lloyd Pack
GertrudeJudy Parfitt
LaertesMichael Pennington
Barnardo/Player/2nd SailorJohn Trenaman
Court LadyJennifer Tudor
HamletNicol Williamson

Production Team and Crew Overview

DirectorTony Richardson
ProducerLeslie Linder
ProducerMartin Rausahoff
EditingCharles Rees
ComposerPatrick Gowers
CameraGerry Fisher
ProductionJocelyn Herbert

Production information courtesy of: Kenneth Rothwell