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The Best Hamlet
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 19.0191  Friday, 28 March 2008

[1] 	From:	John W. Kennedy <
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	Date:	Thursday, 13 Mar 2008 18:59:43 -0400
	Subj:	Re: SHK 19.0173 The Best Hamlet

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	Date:	Friday, 14 Mar 2008 13:40:27 EDT
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From:		John W. Kennedy <
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Date:		Thursday, 13 Mar 2008 18:59:43 -0400
Subject: 19.0173 The Best Hamlet
Comment:	Re: SHK 19.0173 The Best Hamlet

I should say that the best Hamlet I ever saw was by Eric Booth at the NJ 
Shakespeare Festival, in 1978, directed by Paul Barry, with the play 
performed in rep. with a twin production of "Rosencrantz and 
Guildenstern are Dead." Energetic, youthful (he had just attained the 
canonical age of 30), intelligent, yet casual, tense, and yet relaxed, 
with a free give-and-take attitude toward the audience in the 
soliloquies. (And for those who do not know Mr. Booth, he has the family 
looks.)

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From:		Harvey Roy Greenberg <
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Date:		Friday, 14 Mar 2008 13:40:27 EDT
Subject: 19.0173  The Best Hamlet
Comment:	Re: SHK 19.0173  The Best Hamlet

The best Hamlet I have seen, over 50 years of Hamlets plus, was the-I 
believe RSC-production in London about 1977, Jacobi as Hamlet, later, I 
also believe, transferred to TV. One could palpably feel Jacobi "think" 
the words as we was speaking them, not too clear here, but what I am 
trying to get at is a sense of the immediacy which comes from trying to 
piece something out, in Hamlet, the great things, death, courage, so 
forth. The supporting cast was admirable, and I wept, not frequent for 
me, at the known conclusion.

Intriguing to see Jacobi play Claudius, and IMHO, play him so well, in 
the Branagh production. Especially admired the convoluted rhetoric of 
the opening speech.

Harvey Roy Greenberg MD

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