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Act 1 Scene 2
Claudius Therefore our sometime sister, now our queen, / Th'imperial jointress to this warlike state
King Claudius addresses the court and informs them of his marriage to Gertrude, his brother's widow and mother of Hamlet.
Hamlet - David Warner (bottom left)Claudius - Brewster Mason (centre stage)
Photo by Reg Wilson © RSC
Hamlet She married. O, most wicked speed, to post / With such dexterity to incestuous sheets! / It is not, nor it cannot come to good.
Hamlet remains alone at court, he expresses how he wishes he could die, mourns his fathers death and shares his discomfort toward his mother's marriage to his uncle.
Here's what Dr Nick Walton of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust says about Warner's Hamlet at BBC Hamlet:'Peter Hall cast 24 year-old David Warner to play his Hamlet. Hall was keen to attract a youthful audience to the production, and did so by presenting Hamlet as a contemporary youth, disillusioned by the world around him. The look of Hamlet was quite significant. He was scruffy in his appearance and attire, wearing a moth-eaten black gown and red scarf, looking every inch a university undergraduate.'
Hamlet - David Warner
Act 2 Scene 2
Hamlet My excellent good friends. How doust thou, Guildenstern? Ah, Rosencrantz! Good lads, how do you both?
Hamlet jests with his old school friends Rosencrantz and Guildenstern who have been summoned to the court by Claudius and Gertrude.
Here's what Dr Nick Walton of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust says about this photo at BBC Hamlet:'Here's Hamlet with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. David Warner had a conversational quality in his delivery of Shakespeare's verse. Some reviewers suggested that Warner mumbled the lines, but for others his performance seemed natural and full of immediacy.'
From left to right: Rosencrantz - John BellHamlet - David Warner Guildenstern - James Laurenson
Act 3 Scene 1
Hamlet Get thee to a nunnery. Why wouldst thou be a breeder of sinners?
Hamlet torments Ophelia.
Here's what Dr Nick Walton of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust says about Ophelia at BBC Hamlet:'Glenda Jackson's young Ophelia received no comfort whatsoever from Polonius or Claudius. She was a pawn in their political chess game. She seemed, at first a woman of tense strength, but slowly her self control snapped. '
Ophelia - Glenda JacksonHamlet - David Warner
Act 3 Scene 4
Hamlet Mother, thou hast thy father much offended.Gertrude Come, come, you answer with an idle tongue.Hamlet Go, go, you question with a wicked tongue.
Hamlet visits his mother Gertrude in her chamber, or 'closet'.
Gertrude - Elizabeth SpriggsHamlet - David Warner
Act 4 Scene 5
Claudius How do you, pretty lady?Ophelia Well, God dild you! They say the owl was a baker's daughter.
Claudius and Gertrude are worried that Ophelia has gone mad with grief following her father's death.
Gertrude - Elizabeth SpriggsClaudius - Brewster MasonOphelia - Glenda Jackson
Act 5 Scene 1
Hamlet To what base uses we may return, Horatio! Why may not imagination trace the noble dust of Alexander til 'a find it stopping a bunghole?
In the grave-yard, the grave-digger gives Hamlet the skull belonging to the court jester, Yorrick. Hamlet remarks that all people, no matter how great, must die and transform to dust.
From left to right:Gravedigger - David WellerHamlet - David WarnerHoratio- Donald Burton
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