FILMS OF SHAKESPEARE'S HAMLET - KEVIN KLINE'S HAMLET FOR JOSEPH PAPP AT THE PUBLIC THEATER


Hamlet

Kevin Kline (1990)

Originally produced by Joseph Papp at The New York Shakespeare Festival, Kevin Kline's performance as Hamlet was acclaimed the greatest American Hamlet since Edwin Booth. Filmed for broadcast on PBS television and preserved on video for the Broadway Theater Archive, Kevin Kline directs with a clear nod to the spirit of Joseph Papp and his emphasis on making Shakespeare accessible for everyone. Kline emphasises the quiet, sardonic humour of the character of Hamlet. The modern costumes are simple, with evening dresses for the women, and tuxedos for the men, giving the whole production a clean and sparse setting. Diane Venora, who plays Ophelia in the film, had played the part of Hamlet for Joseph Papp at The Public Theater in 1983, was Gertrude to Liev Schreiber's Hamlet on Broadway in 1999 and also portrayed Gertrude to Ethan Hawke's Hamlet in Michael Almereyda's 2000 film. The Kevin Kline film of Hamlet is available on DVD, Video Download and videotape. 

 

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Cast includes:

Hamlet                Kevin Kline

Claudius              Brian Murray

Gertrude              Dana Ivey

Polonius              Josef Sommer

Ophelia               Diane Venora

Horatio                Peter Francis James       

Bernardo             Rene Rivera

Rosencrantz         Phillip Goodwin

Guildenstern        Reg E. Cathey

Player King          Clement Fowler

Player Queen       Tanny McDonald

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Directed by Kevin Kline

Produced by Kimberley Myers, Lesli Klainberg and Iris Merlis for The New York Shakespeare Festival and the Broadway Theater Archive.

Original Music by Bob James

Running Time - 165 minutes

Date Released on DVD - 18 September 2001