David Tennant is bringing his Hamlet to the screen. Tennant famously played the Danish prince as part of a Royal Shakespeare Company ensemble at Stratford and in the West End. The entire cast from that production will be joining him, including Patrick Stewart as Claudius, Penny Downie as Gertrude, Mariah Gale as Ophelia and Edward Bennett as Laertes. Gregory Doran, who staged the play for the RSC, will shoot the film version on the location.
Doran's stage production became a phenomenon and every night in Stratford and London there were people queuing around the block for returns. The joint RSC/BBC production will be shown first on BBC2 and there are plans being discussed for it to be released on DVD. As BBC2 controller Janice Hadlow noted, 'it's an absolutely wonderful opportunity to bring one of the great stage successes of last year to a wider audience'.
I'll definitely be watching, although it'll bring back horrible memories of the NTA's where he revealed he would be stepping down as the Doctor...
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