The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 21.0196 Thursday, 13 May 2010
Date: Thursday, May 13, 2010
Subject: RSC Hamlet with Tennant and Stewart on iTunes
The other night while I was surfing on my iPad during a bout of insomnia, I discovered that the RSC Hamlet directed by Chief Associate Director Gregory Doran and starring David Tennant as Hamlet and Patrick Stewart as Claudius and Old King Hamlet is available for purchase at the iTunes Store. This Hamlet was a part of the 2008 RSC season, Stratford (where I saw it) and London. It is the one I referred to in the Mousetrap discussion of early April <http://www.shaksper.net/archives/2010/0155.html>. To illustrate my contentions, I used screen captures and put them together in a PowerPoint file for download at http://www.shaksper.net/~hcook/mtrap.ppt
The production is a collaboration of Illuminations/RSC for BBC Wales in association with Thirteen WNET.ORG and NHK and was broadcast in the UK last December, I believe, and in the States in late April as part of the "Great Performances" series.
Amazon sells the DVD of the performance for $12.99 (list $19.99) for standard version and $16.99 (list $24.99) for Blu-ray. However, this three-hour program can now be purchased through iTunes for $6.99 (HD) and $4.99 for standard definition.
Anyone with an AppleTV (or a tech savvy reader with computer connection to TV) can watch it on TV/Home Theater. The rest may view it in iTunes on your computer.
You can find the program in iTunes at TV Shows, BBC in America Network (or equivalent)
The BBC web site <http://www.bbc.co.uk/hamlet/> has some terrific content, a virtual treasure trove for those in the UK who have access to more of it than viewers in other places.
I purchased in High Definition and thought that it looked terrific on all of the platforms I have sampled it on: my 65" home theatre TV, my 27" iMac, and my iPad. (Yes, I have an iPad - what did you expect?)
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