Wednesday, November 3, 2010

the wedding that failed to materialize

'who was shakespeare?' is still being asked. as a person married to a songwriter i ask, 'who is collecting the royalties?' considering the play dates back to 1599, the mind reels.

there have been 71 filmed versions of 'hamlet' and i feel this is not the end. so many amazing people have interpreted the timeless roles.

'Shakespeare almost certainly wrote the role of Hamlet for Richard Burbage. He was the chief tragedian of the Lord Chamberlain's Men, with a capacious memory for lines and a wide emotional range.'-wiki

Innokenty Smoktunovsky was cast in the role of Hamlet, which won him praise from Sir Laurence Olivier. Shakespeare experts Sir John Gielgud and Kenneth Branagh consider this work the definitive rendition of the Bard's tragic tale. John Gielgud directed Richard Burton in a Broadway production at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre in 1964–5, the longest-running Hamlet in the U.S. to date. Kenneth Branagh adapted, directed, and starred in a 1996 four hour version containing every word of Shakespeare's play.

images: william hunt's painting of the tragic hero 'hamlet'/john barrymore in the role/kate winslet as 'ophelia'

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