Together they create a stark environment dominated by three huge chrome and Plexiglas tube-like pillars and splintered, diagonal shards of light. The costumes are present-day suits for the men and skirts for the women, black in some scenes, red in others, with the ghost in a long, blood-stained white coat. For instance, Hamlet often clutches his ear, remembering how his father was murdered, and he and the supporting ensemble periodically point one finger up to the sky — addressing God perhaps? One wonderful choreographic device conjures up the disintegration and splitting of a tormented mind: three Ghost Hamlets, dressed like Hamlet, mirror his moves and at times split away.
Mills uses a similar device for Ophelia as she begins to sink into madness. The ballet begins as Hamlet lies dying. His first memory is of Gertrude and Claudius celebrating their incestuous marriage. John Welker, in fact, danced the title role in , and on Friday was a brooding and tortured presence. Writers: William Shakespeare play , Kenneth Branagh screenplay.
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Drama Romance Thriller. Edit Cast Cast overview, first billed only: Riz Abbasi Attendant to Claudius Richard Attenborough English Ambassador David Blair Attendant to Claudius Brian Blessed Ghost of Hamlet's Father Kenneth Branagh Hamlet Richard Briers Polonius Michael Bryant Priest Peter Bygott Attendant to Claudius Julie Christie Gertrude Billy Crystal First Gravedigger Charles Daish Stage Manager Judi Dench Reynaldo Reece Dinsdale Guildenstern Ken Dodd Genres: Drama. Language: English. O, there be players that I have seen play, and heard others praise, and that highly, not to speak it profanely, that, neither having the accent of Christians nor the gait of Christian, pagan, nor man, have so strutted and bellowed that I have thought some of nature's journeymen had made men and not made them well, they imitated humanity so abominably.
First Player I hope we have reformed that indifferently with us, sir. And let those that play your clowns speak no more than is set down for them; for there be of them that will themselves laugh, to set on some quantity of barren spectators to laugh too; though, in the mean time, some necessary question of the play be then to be considered: that's villanous, and shows a most pitiful ambition in the fool that uses it.
Go, make you ready. Exeunt Players. Danish march. A flourish.
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Enter a King and a Queen very lovingly; the Queen embracing him, and he her. She kneels, and makes show of protestation unto him. He takes her up, and declines his head upon her neck: lays him down upon a bank of flowers: she, seeing him asleep, leaves him. Anon comes in a fellow, takes off his crown, kisses it, and pours poison in the King's ears, and exit. The Queen returns; finds the King dead, and makes passionate action.
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The Poisoner, with some two or three Mutes, comes in again, seeming to lament with her. The dead body is carried away. The Poisoner wooes the Queen with gifts: she seems loath and unwilling awhile, but in the end accepts his love. Therefore prepare you; I your commission will forthwith dispatch, And he to England shall along with you: The terms of our estate may not endure Hazard so dangerous as doth hourly grow Out of his lunacies.
The cease of majesty Dies not alone; but, like a gulf, doth draw What's near it with it: it is a massy wheel, Fix'd on the summit of the highest mount, To whose huge spokes ten thousand lesser things Are mortised and adjoin'd; which, when it falls, Each small annexment, petty consequence, Attends the boisterous ruin. Never alone Did the king sigh, but with a general groan. Look you lay home to him: Tell him his pranks have been too broad to bear with, And that your grace hath screen'd and stood between Much heat and him. I'll sconce me even here. Pray you, be round with him.
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Where is your son? Lord Hamlet! O, here they come. How dangerous is it that this man goes loose! Yet must not we put the strong law on him: He's loved of the distracted multitude, Who like not in their judgment, but their eyes; And where tis so, the offender's scourge is weigh'd, But never the offence. To bear all smooth and even, This sudden sending him away must seem Deliberate pause: diseases desperate grown By desperate appliance are relieved, Or not at all. You know the rendezvous. If that his majesty would aught with us, We shall express our duty in his eye; And let him know so.
Captain I will do't, my lord. Gentleman She is importunate, indeed distract: Her mood will needs be pitied. Gentleman She speaks much of her father; says she hears There's tricks i' the world; and hems, and beats her heart; Spurns enviously at straws; speaks things in doubt, That carry but half sense: her speech is nothing, Yet the unshaped use of it doth move The hearers to collection; they aim at it, And botch the words up fit to their own thoughts; Which, as her winks, and nods, and gestures yield them, Indeed would make one think there might be thought, Though nothing sure, yet much unhappily.
Servant Sailors, sir: they say they have letters for you. Exit Servant. The queen his mother Lives almost by his looks; and for myself-- My virtue or my plague, be it either which-- She's so conjunctive to my life and soul, That, as the star moves not but in his sphere, I could not but by her. The other motive, Why to a public count I might not go, Is the great love the general gender bear him; Who, dipping all his faults in their affection, Would, like the spring that turneth wood to stone, Convert his gyves to graces; so that my arrows, Too slightly timber'd for so loud a wind, Would have reverted to my bow again, And not where I had aim'd them.
You shortly shall hear more: I loved your father, and we love ourself; And that, I hope, will teach you to imagine-- Enter a Messenger. A churchyard. Second Clown I tell thee she is: and therefore make her grave straight: the crowner hath sat on her, and finds it Christian burial.
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First Clown How can that be, unless she drowned herself in her own defence? Second Clown Why, 'tis found so. First Clown It must be 'se offendendo;' it cannot be else. For here lies the point: if I drown myself wittingly, it argues an act: and an act hath three branches: it is, to act, to do, to perform: argal, she drowned herself wittingly.
Here lies the water; good: here stands the man; good; if the man go to this water, and drown himself, it is, will he, nill he, he goes,--mark you that; but if the water come to him and drown him, he drowns not himself: argal, he that is not guilty of his own death shortens not his own life. Second Clown But is this law? First Clown Ay, marry, is't; crowner's quest law.