Genre: Biography, Drama
Actors: Ben Kingsley
51 min

This presence knows,

And you must needs have heard,

how I am punish'd

by a form of madness.

What I have done,

that might your nature... roughly awake,

was madness.

I here proclaim.


is of the faction that is wrong'd;

His madness is poor

Hamlet's enemy.

Give us the foils! One for me!

Set the stoops of wine!

The king shall drink

to Hamlet's better breath.

throwing in the cup

this precious pearl.


- No!

A palpable hit.

Another hit, Laertes.

Take my napkin,

rub thy brows.

Good madam!

The queen carouses to thy fortune!

Do not drink, Gertrude!

- Pardon, my lord. I will drink.

Laertes, come!

Pass with your best violence!

Have at you now!

How does the queen?

- She swounds to see them bleed.

No! The drink, Hamlet!

I am poison'd.

No! - The treacherous

instrument is in thy hand!

Unbated and envenom'd,

- The point! envenom'd too!

So, poison, your work!

I am dead, Horatio!

You that look pale

and tremble at this chance,

That are but mutes or

audience to this act,

Had I but time,

I could tell you -

But let it be.

Horatio, thou livest.

Report me and my cause

aright to the unsatisfied.

What noise is this?


Young Fortinbras,

prince of Norway,

gives this warlike volley

to the ambassadors of England.

I die, Horatio.

The potent poison

quite o'er-crows my spirit:

I cannot live to hear

the news from England;

But I do prophesy the election

lights on Fortinbras:

he has my dying voice.

So tell him, with the occurents,

more and less,

which have solicited.

The rest is silence.


You'll pay me for that,

you bastard!

Shut up and learn

how to fall!

His lucky lover!

She falls asleep crushed by Hamlet

and wakes up strangled

by the Moor of Venice.

His lover?

They say he's had 1002!

- Uh-hun.

Not one more, not one less?

Is he a lover or an accountant?

It's not a complicated calculation:

for 10 years he's been famous.

makes 1 woman every 3 days,

with two months of rest each year.

It's murmured a few great ladies

have had the weakness

to have him ascend to their level.

- Or better, the ease

to descend to his.

- No?!

Are you coming to Lord Mewill's too?

I think not, engagement parties

bore me. - What, dear?

We were speaking of the engagement

of Mewill with Anna Damby -


cheesemaker's daughter.

She wanted to be an actress,

but preferred a penniless aristocrat.

Lord Mewill's made himself

a whole new outfitting,

polished his house, and

renovated furniture and carriage.

At the expense of his future

father-in-law, naturally!

Right. The cheesemaker!

My husband will certainly come.




He prevents applause for the troupe!

See, the Crown gets the better

of Mr. Kean's caprices!


- Well what, Highness?

O the reception? I don't think I'll go.

I prefer you tell me about it.

I don't feel well.

Permit me? - Your health's

near to my heart.

I prefer to think that you

refusal has another motive.

See you, dear.

- If Your Highness permits...

You who fix

your eyes on absence

and speak to incorporeal air!

We didn't ask for an encore.

Your spirit burns savagely!

Everything! You made me cut everything!

Madam, the public's

still in the hall!

If you don't respect my art,

at least respect the poet!

I respect him so much

I avoid him being profaned!

Salomon! Where are you!

- Mr. Cochrane!

Listen well:

either I receive satisfaction,

or I never act here again

with this charlatan!

- You continue to make me promises

which you never keep, alas!

Salomon! Send away these people

and come help me in the dressingroom!

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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