HAMLET IN REHEARSAL - ROYAL SHAKESPEARE COMPANY







Thanks to the very lovely people at Whats On Stage here are a series of behind the scenes rehearsal shots from the RSC's production of Hamlet. And...er...it seems to star that fella off the telly. You know, the one in the blue Police Box. Oh, and there's that other fella...you know, the one that used to drive the Enterprise.

I think the RSC has suddenly realised what exactly is about to hit them by having David Tennant and Patrick Stewart in the cast. They have sell out shows right through from the play's opening - it's currently in previews and the Press night is the 5th August I believe - until it transfers to London in November. Their official line is that David Tennant and Patrick Stewart will sign autographs but not on Doctor Who or Star Trek merchandise. Seems they've got wise to a particular breed of fan who simply turns up at these things carrying a truckload of merchandise, who couldn't give two hoots about the fantastic play put on for them, only to help them flog this shit on eBay for extortionate prices. Robbin' bastards, and this is in Stratford-Upon-Avon.

Anyway, your humble reporter is booked in to see the play at the end of August and will bring you a full review direct from the venue. I love the play and really can't wait to see Tennant's interpretation. I have it on good authority that he doesn't let the side down at all.





Cast list:
DAVID AJALA - Reynaldo
SAM ALEXANDER - Rosencrantz
EDWARD BENNETT - Laertes
RICKY CHAMP - Lucianus
EWEN CUMMINS - Barnardo
ROBERT CURTIS - Francisco
TOM DAVEY - Guildenstern
PETER DE JERSEY - Horatio
PENNY DOWNIE - Gertrude
SAMUEL DUTTON - Lord
OLIVER FORD DAVIES - Polonius
RYAN GAGE - Osric
MARIAH GALE - Ophelia
MARK HADFIELD - Gravedigger
ANDREA HARRIS - Lady
JIM HOOPER - Priest
KEITH OSBORN - Marcellus
RODERICK SMITH - Lord
RIANN STEELE - Lady
PATRICK STEWART - Claudius/Ghost
DAVID TENNANT - Hamlet
ZOE THORNE - Lady
JOHN WOODVINE - Player King

(Christ...John Woodvine as Player King! A superb actor. I think I'm dreaming...)

Creative team
Director GREGORY DORAN
Designer ROBERT JONES
Lighting TIM MITCHELL
Music PAUL ENGLISHBY
Sound JEREMY DUNN assisted by MARTIN SLAVIN
Movement Director MICHAEL ASHCROFT
Fight Director TERRY KING
Assistant Director CRESSIDA BROWN

Hamlet plays in repertoire at The Courtyard Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon from 24 July - 15 November 2008.

www.rsc.org.uk

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