Two of Britain’s greatest actors stage Shakespeare’s greatest Tragedy!

In 1988m Rising star Kenneth Branagh tackled the role of Shakespeare’s prince of Denmark for the first time in his professional career under the guidance of celebrated actor Derek Jacobi, considered “the best Hamlet of his generation”. This DVD set, Discovering Hamlet is narrated by Patrick Stewart, and it documents how these two intelligent-passionate men found new depths in Shakespeare’s classic dramas.

Filmmakers Mark Olshaker and Larry Klein follow the company through four weeks of rehearsals from the first read-throughs to opening night. Interviews with principal actors, as well as the set designer, costume supervisor, text advisor and others, reveal how each member of the company meets the production’s challenges.

In all, Discovering Hamlet offers an intimate, behind the scenes look at the process of staging Shakespeare’s most demanding tragedy. This set comes with 2 discs:

Disc 1

Before helming his Oscar nominated film version of Hamlet, Kenneth Branagh first undertook the role in a 1988 stage production by Renaissance Theatre Company. In this revealing documentary, Sir Derek Jacobi directs Brabagh and a cast of British heavyweights. Follow from rehearsals to opening night and get an insiders look at the sometimes grueling but always rewarding process of bringing the Bard’s words to life.

Disc 2

This is the Bonus Disc:
• Bonus disc with behind-the-scenes footage, cast and crew interviews, and extended production interviews with Jacobi
• Exclusive new interview with Derek Jacobi
• 12-page viewer’s guide with an introduction by director Mark Olshaker, a history of the Renaissance Theatre Company, critical reactions to the production, and an article on Hamlet’s textual challenges.
• Hamlets through the Ages profiles
• Patrick Stewart biography
• Cast biographies
• Photo gallery

If you would like to get your own copy of this DVD set, Discovering Hamlet, just click on the Amazon link above and order it.

Jan Barrett

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