this extraordinary production will be buried in V&A Archive
Maybe if, as hinted, it goes to Broadway they might do it after that - Yerma's getting a live broadcast this month after getting so much praise last year. I'm really hoping they do Mosquitoes too (or at least film it for the archives, surely?)
Great news but I bet it won't be the full 4 hours!
Edited to add: According to Almeida twitter, it will be a filmed performance from the current run. Sounds more promising. Was disappointed that KC3 was so heavily cut, they must have more faith in our attention spans now
It was only 3 hours 40 when I went a couple of weeks back. If they're screening the play as it is rather than adapting it for the screen (as per Doran's Hamlet) then the only thing they can really uncontroversially cut out is the interval and the pause. And it is BBC 2, so fingers crossed!
Free Hamlet talk Monday afternoon! And I'm in London that day with time to kill - hurrah!
It was a nice, relaxed little chat between Andy and Rob (gosh, he's young! Or looks it anyway). Was pleased to hear it'll be somewhere online to watch/ listen to again as I couldn't hear lots of it due to 1. AS & RI speaking too softly and 2. Tons of giggling girls (yes, it was 90% women under 25 I'd say) finding every.little.thing. so hilarious. Bits I did hear were; AS chose Judy over Richard, Fergie is his favourite royal and they looked at doing The Glass Menagerie before deciding on Hamlet.
Post by theatremadness on Aug 15, 2017 10:06:36 GMT
Oh my god, that's absolutely amazing news that it's going to be broadcast be on BBC2, thank you so much for sharing, that's really made my morning!!! Hope that means it may also end up on DVD. Shame we have to wait until next year to see it, but I'm already so excited to implore friends and family to watch it. How sad am I?! Oh boy I hope it comes across well on screen. The acting style is very naturalistic so I hope so. They list Juliet Stephenson on the cast list of the press release, so I presume filming is all done and dusted and off for editing now? Or a mistake?
Amazing news! I only hope they wouldn't dare to cut it like they did with PPGW last year (which, sadly, lost a LOT of charm).
I'm hoping that because it's a filmed stage performance, as opposed to PPGW which was specifically adapted and filmed as a 'television' performance, the cutting will be minimal, even with a possible 3hr 30min length (that or thereabouts). I know there are many versions of Hamlet about which cut this and that, but the plot matters a smidgen more in Hamlet than it does in PPGW, so for this production to make sense as a whole, surely they couldn't play about with it/remove too much, if anything. One can but hope! I'm sure Robert Icke or anyone involved wouldn't have allowed it to be filmed and broadcast if they were going to butcher it or 'mess it up'. Time will tell!