A unique, behind-the-scenes look at Shakespeare’s great play. In 1988, rising star Kenneth Branagh played the Prince of Denmark for the first time. His guide through four weeks of rehearsals at England’s Birmingham Repertory Theatre: famed actor Derek Jacobi, "the best Hamlet of his generation" (New York Times). Watch what happens from the first dress rehearsal to the tension-filled opening night. Narrated by Patrick Stewart. 53 min (plus 3 ½ hrs of bonus materials), 2 DVDs, SDH, viewer’s guide.
Before helming his Oscar®-nominated film version of Hamlet, Kenneth Branagh first undertook the role in a 1988 stage production by the Renaissance Theatre Company. In this revealing documentary, Sir Derek Jacobi directs Branagh and a cast of British theatre heavyweights. Follow from rehearsals to opening night and get an insider’s look at the sometimes grueling but always rewarding process of bringing the Bard’s words to life.
|Stage Director||Derek Jacobi|
- Behind-the-scenes footage
- Cast & crew interviews
- Extended production interviews with Derek Jacobi
Run Time:53 minutes, plus 3 hours 30 minutes of bonus programming
Format:Full screen (Widescreen for Derek Jacobi interview only)
Number of discs:2
Color or B&W:Color
SDH:Yes (bonus material may not be subtitled)
Aspect Ratio:4:3 (16:9 for Derek Jacobi interview only)
An Emmy®-winning star of stage and screen, Derek Jacobi (I, Claudius) has played some of the Bard’s most challenging parts in his 50-year career, including Hamlet, Prospero, Macbeth, and Lear.
Four-time Oscar® nominee Kenneth Branagh is a versatile actor, director, and writer famed for bringing Shakespeare to the silver screen in Hamlet, Henry V, and other films.