Production 1965

Hamlet (1964) David Warner as Hamlet. Photo by Reg Wilson © RSC

Here's what critics said about David Warner's performance of Hamlet in the RSC's 1965 production directed by Peter Hall:

'Frail, bedecked with a long scarf and acquired pop-star status as an epitome of 1960s youth.'
Michael Billington, writing in Guardian, 6 August 2008

"... David Warner in 1965, whose tortured student with college scarf was described by Ronald Bryden [theatre critic and drama professor] as getting 'more of humanity into the part than any previous Hamlet I've seen'...'
Cited by David Lister in The Independent, 23 December 1992

And about the Ghost:

'Almost all directors are embarrassed by this skittish spook [Ghost] and attempt to hide him away behind the battlements. Here he becomes a giant Sicilian marionette, breathing smoke and rolling along on invisible wheels. Hamlet's dependence on his father is therefore conveyed in striking tableau when even the more-than-six-foot David Warner shrinks to child-size in those montrous arms.'
Alan O'Brien, Sunday Telegraph, 22 August 1965

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Photo by Reg Wilson shows David Warner as Hamlet in the RSC's 1964 production © RSC

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