Synopsis: The RSC puts a modern spin on Shakespeare's Hamlet in this filmed-for-television version of their stage production. The Prince of Denmark seeks vengeance after his father is murdered and his mother marries the murderer.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Gregory Doran
Production: BBC
  Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 3 nominations.
180 min


Stay, and speak!

Stop it, Marcellus.

Shall I strike at it?

Do, if it will not stand.

'Tis here! 'Tis here!

'Tis gone!

We do it wrong, being so majestical,

to offer it the show of violence.

For it is, as is the air,


and our vain blows

malicious mockery.

It was about to speak,

when the cock crew.

And then it started

like a guilty thing

upon a fearful summons.

It faded on the crowing of the cock.

Some say that ever

'gainst that season comes

wherein our Saviour's birth

is celebrated,

the bird of dawning singeth

all night long

and then, they say,

no spirit dares stir abroad.

The nights are wholesome,

then no planets strike,

no fairy takes,

nor witch hath power to charm,

so hallow'd and so gracious

is the time.

So have I heard

and do in part believe it.

But, look -

the morn, in russet mantle clad,

walks o'er the dew

of yond high eastward hill.

Break we our watch up,

and by my advice,

let us impart

what we have seen tonight

unto young Hamlet,

for, upon my life,

this spirit, dumb to us,

will speak to him.

Though yet of Hamlet

our dear brother's death

the memory be green...

And that it us befitted

to bear our hearts in grief

and our whole kingdom

to be contracted

in one brow of woe.

Yet so far hath discretion

fought with nature

that we with wisest sorrow

think on him,

together with remembrance

of ourselves.

Therefore our sometime sister,

and our queen,

the imperial jointress

to this warlike state,

have we,

as 'twere with a defeated joy,

with one auspicious

and one dropping eye,

with mirth in funeral

and with dirge in marriage,

in equal scale weighing delight

and dole,

taken to wife.


Nor have we herein barr'd

your better wisdoms,

which have freely gone

with this affair along.

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