I like the Shakespeare Plays version. I think it was done by the Royal Shakespeare Company. They did the whole thing. Patrick Stewart as Claudius and Derek Jacoby as Hamlet. An extraordinary performance.
Kenneth Branaugh’s version was nice to look at. Scenery and Costumes. He sometimes didn’t follow the Bard’s advice, for he so strutted and bellowed that I had thought that some of nature’s journeymen had made a man, and not made him well, he imitated humanity so abominably. Jack Lemmon had a small part as a guard.
There’s been a version on the Hallmark channel set in more modern times. It’s not bad. They have people of color in the cast, which is nice for a change.
Sir Laurence Olivier was way to sedate. So critically acclaimed, but to me he seemed to be sleepwalking through it.
I saw the Tulsa Little Theater’s production. Very nicely done. Seeing it live is very special. Wish I could have seen Richard Burton do it. He said he got so bored with it that he would do the to be or not to be soliloquy in German and nobody would notice.
I used to have a mild obsession with this play. (I’m much better now.)