David Tennant will be featuring in a new documentary from Sky Arts. The programme, Discovering Hamlet examines the iconic role, drawing upon the experiences of many actors and directors, including David.
From the Sky Arts programme page:
Climbing a thespian’s everest
Playing the Prince of Denmark is said to be like climbing Mount Everest, calling on brilliance, great stamina and huge vocal resources from the performer. And, like a giant theatrical magnet, the play and its title character have enticed top directors and actors from around the world to bring the drama to life for more than 400 years.
Hamlet is possibly one of the most interpreted roles in theatre history. Through some of William Shakespeare’s most famous soliloquies we watch a man stricken with grief, disgust, and anger battle with his inner demons. But his inaction for revenge is seen as both cunning and cowardly; his madness both genuine and part of a clever plan. So who is Hamlet? And why does the famously introspective character attract such keen attention in the arts world?
“There is just something eternal about it and there is something eternal about Hamlet himself. That people keep coming back to it. People are fascinated by it.” – David Tennant
In Discovering Hamlet we show how the popular tragedy has soaked up change and custom over the last four centuries and remains as powerful today as on its opening night, and why the great and the good want a shot at acting a man unable to make up his mind.
Explored through the experiences of the major actors and directors who have brought the play to life, those sharing their insights include Christopher Plummer, David Tennant, John Simm, Franco Zeffirelli, Sir Johnathan Miller, Michael Radford, Sir Trevor Nunn and more.
“Everyone great bad or indifferent wants to play Hamlet.” – Christopher Plummer
Discovering Hamlet will be shown on Sky Arts 2 HD at 9.40pm on Sunday 15th April