The Royal Opera House

Hamlet DVD (RSC)

Hamlet has the world at his feet. Young, wealthy and living a hedonistic life studying abroad. Then word reaches him that his father is dead. Returning home he finds his world is utterly changed, his certainties smashed and his home a foreign land. Struggling to understand his place in a new world order he faces a stark choice. Submit, or rage against the injustice of his new reality. Simon Godwin (The Two Gentlemen of Verona released on OA1168D / OABD7167D) directs Paapa Essiedu as Hamlet in Shakespeare's searing tragedy. As relevant today as when it was written, Hamlet confronts each of us with the mirror of our own mortality in an imperfect world.

'…an utterly engaging performance by Paapa Essiedu.' (The Times ★★★★)

Royal Shakespeare Company
Music: 
Sola Akingbola
Hamlet: Paapa Essiedu
Laertes: Marcus Griffiths
Polonius: Cyril Nri
Ophelia: Natalie Simpson
Claudius: Clarence Smith
Gertrude: Tanya Moodie
Horatio: Hiran Abeysekera
Rosencrantz: James Clooney
Guildenstern: Bethan Cullinane
Director: Simon Godwin
Designer: Paul Wills
Lighting: Paul Anderson 

Recorded live at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon 
Extras: Playing Hamlet / Director's Commentary / Cast Gallery 

Picture: 16:9
Sound: DD 2.0 / 5.1
Format: NTSC
Region code: All regions
Running time: 180+5 mins
Subtitles: EN
Year: 2016