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The Best Hamlet
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 19.02033  Wednesday, 2 April 2008

[1] 	From:	Ina Centaur <
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	Date:	Friday, 28 Mar 2008 16:20:39 -0700
	Subj:	Re: SHK 19.0191 The Best Hamlet

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	Date:	Friday, 28 Mar 2008 23:42:39 -0400
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[3] 	From:	Olwen Terris <
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	Date:	Monday, 31 Mar 2008 09:06:01 +0100
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[4] 	From:	Thomas M. Lahey <
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	Date:	Monday, 31 Mar 2008 23:18:41 -0700
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Date:		Friday, 28 Mar 2008 16:20:39 -0700
Subject: 19.0191 The Best Hamlet
Comment:	Re: SHK 19.0191 The Best Hamlet

I like the Campbell Scott Hamlet the best (of the video presentations - 
I have not had a chance to see that many live productions of Hamlet). 
It's one of the few video/film productions where various nuances of each 
word are taken into consideration-instead of just read/memorized (BBC), 
or done with excessive melodrama (Branagh). CS has really perfected an 
insane, yet intelligent Hamlet.

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Date:		Friday, 28 Mar 2008 23:42:39 -0400
Subject: 19.0191 The Best Hamlet
Comment:	Re: SHK 19.0191 The Best Hamlet

The best Hamlet I've ever seen was my first: A young Michael Higgins in 
the nearly 4 hour Yellow Springs Shakespeare production in the early 
1950s, directed by Arthur Lithgow. I've seen Russell-Beale and Day-Lewis 
and a bunch of Americans since, but nothing equaled the impact of that 
one. Even the Reynaldo was fascinating. The 1972 NYSF Hamlet was 
memorable, but it was James Earl Jones as Claudius who most impressed me 
there.

G.L. Horton
<http://www.stagepage.info>

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From:		Olwen Terris <
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Date:		Monday, 31 Mar 2008 09:06:01 +0100
Subject: 19.0191 The Best Hamlet
Comment:	RE: SHK 19.0191 The Best Hamlet

The glorious thing about Jacobi is that he also excels at playing the 
role of Hamlet extremely badly as anyone who saw his exquisite comic and 
Emmy-winning performance in THE SHOW MUST GO OFF, an episode of FRASIER 
from 2001, can verify.

Olwen Terris
Senior Researcher, Shakespeare Project
British Universities Film and Video Council

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From:		Thomas M. Lahey <
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Date:		Monday, 31 Mar 2008 23:18:41 -0700
Subject:	The Best Hamlet

With two friends, I was privileged to see Mark Rylance become Hamlet for 
a couple of hours at the Barbican (directed by Ron Daniels) sometime 
after 21 Sept 1989 and before 17 March 1990. The three of us sat in 
different areas, meeting after the performance for a snack. As we 
discussed the play, we were separately, 3 or so feet off the ground.

In my naivete, I thought that EVERY RSC performance was this special, so 
I decided as a life goal to see every Shakespeare play performed by the 
RSC. Well, another life goal not achieved (yet), but a learning 
experience, to wit:  On occasion, something magic happens when the 
audience and performers share an evening and the stars are aligned. I am 
happy to tell you these special evenings have happened occasionally 
since then, but not as frequently as I would like.

May these events happen to you,
Tom

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