Directed by Sarah Frankcom, Margaret Williams
Omnibus Entertainment
192 Minutes
United Kingdom
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Shakespeare's most iconic work. HAMLET is the ultimate play about loyalty, love, betrayal, murder and madness. Every production is defined by its lead actor. In this stripped back, fresh and fast-paced staging by Sara Frankcom for the Royal Exchange Theater, Maxine Peake (THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING) creates a Hamlet that is both timeless and uinique for today. Though the part has a long history of being performed by women, Peake is the first female actor to be cast in a major production since Frances de la Tour assumed the role for forty years ago.


  • Maxine Peake
  • John Shrapnel
  • Barbara Marten
  • Gillian Bevan
  • Thomas Arnold
DVD Features

Sound: 2.0 Stereo and 5.1 Surround

Discs: 1

  • Highest Rating
    "Peake’s delicate ferocity, her particular mixture of concentration and lightness, ensure that you want to follow her whenever she appears. "
    Susannah Clapp, The Guardian
  • Highest Rating
    "It’s a terrifically fast, fluent, attacking production and Peake’s Hamlet is like a page-boy gone bad, relying on mates for a supply of drugs, sporting a aggressive short haircut that comes from prep school or the army: blond, but unlike the Byronic crop of Olivier’s Hamlet. Her casting isn’t a gimmick. Peake looks like a stowaway, or a French resistance fighter in disguise: her femaleness gives a new edge of differentness and alienation and anger...."
    Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
  • Highest Rating
    "A triumph of re-invention... Intimate and intense.... Stunningly good."
    The Times of London

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