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Friday, June 6, 2008


Tennant takes on Hamlet

Clare Fitzsimmons
06 June 2008

DAVID Tennant will soon arrivie in Stratford to take on arguably the most challenging role of his career - Hamlet.

He will be joined by Patrick Stewart in the Gregory Doran production, playing in repertoire at the RSC's Courtyard Theatre from July 24 to November 15.

Doran, the company's Chief Associate Director, has just opened a revival of his acclaimed production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Stratford with many of the same actors who will be performing in Hamlet, and later in his production of Love’s Labour’s Lost.

He said: "Hamlet is a play that waits for the right actor to come along. This Hamlet will be to some extent who David is. You have to have an actor who can be, as Ophelia describes him, ‘the poet, the soldier, the scholar’. He has to be someone who is charismatic and can be brutal and course, and can be witty and moving and can physically take on the demands of the part. I believe that David’s skills fill all these criteria."

Tennant is now best known as the tenth, and many say best, Dr Who, a role which has made him one of Britain's best-loved actors, and brought him award after award.

Before he was a household name, he trod the RSC boards, most recently as Romeo back in 2001.

Also making a welcome return to the company is RSC Honorary Associate, Patrick Stewart, who plays the Ghost and Claudius in Hamlet.

He first worked for the company in 1966, before going on to star in the likes of Star Trek and X-Men. Stewart returned to the Stratford stage in 2006 to take two acclaimed roles in the Complete Works Festival, Antony in Doran’s Antony and Cleopatra and Prospero in Rupert Goold’s production of The Tempest.

Gertrude is played by Penny Downie, who last year played Penelope in the world premiere of Margaret Atwood’s The Penelopiad for the RSC.

Oliver Ford-Davies who will play Polonius, is well known to film, television and theatre audiences. He first worked for the RSC in 1975 when he played roles in Henry IV parts I and II. His impressive film career includes Atonement, George Lucas’ Star Wars Trilogy, Mrs Brown, Ang Lee’s Sense and Sensibility and In Defence of the Realm.

John Woodvine returns to the company to play the Player King, while Mariah Gale returns to play Ophelia.

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I' d say David is the right actor for Hamlet......charismatic........can be brutal and course......can be witty and moving.......can physically take on the demands of the part........all very descriptive of David.

It just kills me that I can't afford to go see him.


Anonymous said...

I am going and boy is it going to be expensive. Tickets were only 50 each at the time.


Anonymous said...

I already have a ticket for loves labours lost (october). david will be in it. my ticket was cheap (5 pound), but I will have the worst seat in the whole theatre - but I don`t care! David, Shakespeare and I - Hooray!

meso said...

i wanted to go to england just to see david in one of those plays, but just the added expense of getting there from the netherlands (minimum expense about 60 euro), then staying, and getting tickets.... sigh... pity.

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