David Tennant is part of an exciting new programme for Sky Arts called Discovering Hamlet.
Hamlet will air on 15th April 2012 at 9.40pm on Sky Arts 2 HD.
Sky Arts say:
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.
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