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David Tennant’s ‘Hamlet’ tomorrow night on PBS

At long last, the filmed version of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Hamlet — starring David Tennant, with Patrick Stewart as Claudius — is arriving on American television, on PBS’s Great Performances:

Shakespeare’s immortal “To be, or not to be” takes on a whole new meaning (and medium) as classical stage and screen actors David Tennant and (recently-knighted) Sir Patrick Stewart reprise their roles for a modern-dress, film-for-television adaptation of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s (RSC) 2008 stage production of Hamlet. The production will be presented on PBS by the Great Performances series on Wednesday, April 28, 2010, at 8 p.m. EST (check local listings). Immediately following the broadcast, the film will be available online in its entirety here on the Great Performances Web site.

I wrote about the stage version when I saw it in Stratford-upon-Avon in the fall of 2008. I hope to get a chance to write about the filmed version later this week: I’m curious to see how it stands up next to the stage production.

The DVD will be released in Region 1 on May 4th, and is available to preorder from Amazon U.S. and Amazon Canada. It is already available in Region 2 from Amazon U.K.

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