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The Acclaimed New York Shakespeare Festival Production Of Hamlet Starring Kevin Kline As Hamlet, Directed By Kevin Kline And Kirk Browning And Costarring Peter Francis James, Peter Francis James, Dana Ivey, Brian Murray, Josef Sommer, Michael Cumpsty And Diane Venora, Presented In The Highest DVD Quality MPG Video Format Of 9.1 MBPS In An Archival Quality 2 Disc All Regions Format DVD Set, MP4 Video Download Or USB Flash Drive! (Color, 1990, 2 Hours 57 Minutes.) #Hamlet #NewYorkShakespeareFestival #KevinKline #KirkBrowning #PeterFrancisJames #PeterFrancisJames #DanaIvey #BrianMurray #JosefSommer #MichaelCumpsty #DianeVenora #Theatre #Theater #Stage #TV #Television #TVShows #TelevisionShows #TVInTheUS #TelevisionInTheUS #TelevisionShows #TVInTheUS #TelevisionInTheUS #Shakespeare #WilliamShakespeare #DVD #VideoDownload #MP4 #USBFlashDrive
William Shakespeare's longest play and among the most powerful and influential tragedies in English literature, derived from the medieval Scandinavian legend of Amleth in the Saxo Grammaticus, about a young prince of Denmark who plots revenge for his father's murder and the usurpation of his throne against his treacherous uncle.
Volume One: Act I to Act II Scene I.
Volume Two: Act II Scene II To Act V.
Kimberly Myers (Producer), Iris Merlis (Co-producer)
Kevin Kline, Kirk Browning
Hamlet ... Kevin Kline
Horatio ... Peter Francis James
Gertrude, Queen of Denmark ... Dana Ivey
Claudius, King of Denmark ... Brian Murray
Polonius ... Josef Sommer
Laertes ... Michael Cumpsty
Ophelia ... Diane Venora
Rosencratz ... Phillip Goodwin
Guildenstern ... Reg E. Cathey
The Tragedy Of Hamlet, Prince Of Denmark, often shortened to Hamlet, is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare sometime between 1599 and 1601. It is Shakespeare's longest play, with 29,551 words. Set in Denmark, the play depicts Prince Hamlet and his revenge against his uncle, Claudius, who has murdered Hamlet's father in order to seize his throne and marry Hamlet's mother. Hamlet is considered among the most powerful and influential works of world literature, with a story capable of "seemingly endless retelling and adaptation by others". It was one of Shakespeare's most popular works during his lifetime and still ranks among his most performed, topping the performance list of the Royal Shakespeare Company and its predecessors in Stratford-upon-Avon since 1879. It has inspired many other writers-from Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and Charles Dickens to James Joyce and Iris Murdoch-and has been described as "the world's most filmed story after Cinderella". The story of Shakespeare's Hamlet was derived from the legend of Amleth, preserved by 13th-century chronicler Saxo Grammaticus in his Gesta Danorum, as subsequently retold by the 16th-century scholar Francois de Belleforest. Shakespeare may also have drawn on an earlier Elizabethan play known today as the Ur-Hamlet, though some scholars believe Shakespeare wrote the Ur-Hamlet, later revising it to create the version of Hamlet that exists today. He almost certainly wrote his version of the title role for his fellow actor, Richard Burbage, the leading tragedian of Shakespeare's time. In the 400 years since its inception, the role has been performed by numerous highly acclaimed actors in each successive century. Three different early versions of the play are extant: the First Quarto (Q1, 1603); the Second Quarto (Q2, 1604); and the First Folio (F1, 1623). Each version includes lines and entire scenes missing from the others. The play's structure and depth of characterisation have inspired much critical scrutiny. One such example is the centuries-old debate about Hamlet's hesitation to kill his uncle, which some see as merely a plot device to prolong the action but which others argue is a dramatisation of the complex philosophical and ethical issues that surround cold-blooded murder, calculated revenge, and thwarted desire. More recently, psychoanalytic critics have examined Hamlet's unconscious desires, while feminist critics have re-evaluated and attempted to rehabilitate the often-maligned characters of Ophelia and Gertrude.