mobile-bannertablet-bannerdesktop-banner
Directing himself in this film adaptation, Olivier highlights the prince’s mopey narcissism and incestuous feelings for his mother, Gertrude. The post-Freudian interpretation won four Oscars, including best picture and actor.
Laurence Olivier (1948) Directing himself in this film adaptation, Olivier highlights the prince’s mopey narcissism and incestuous feelings for his mother, Gertrude. The post-Freudian interpretation won four Oscars, including best picture and actor. (Read more at The Hollywood Reporter)Popperfoto/Getty Images
Directing himself in this film adaptation, Olivier highlights the prince’s mopey narcissism and incestuous feelings for his mother, Gertrude. The post-Freudian interpretation won four Oscars, including best picture and actor.
Wearing modern dress, Burton plays Hamlet at a booming pitch, virile and muscular yet bitter and sardonic. Directed by John Gielgud on a stark stage, the hit production gave Hamlet its longest Broadway run before becoming immortalized on film.
In a brooding performance, Day-Lewis played Hamlet opposite Judi Dench’s Gertrude in Richard Eyre’s National Theatre production in London. He quit the run early following an onstage meltdown during which he apparently hallucinated, seeing his dead father.
mark rylance
Critics sniffed, but Gibson’s Hamlet is full of swagger and conviction in Franco Zeffirelli’s film. Although the text is cut to shreds, the Scottish locations are majestic. The starry supporting cast includes Glenn Close and Helena Bonham Carter.
Yes, really. In John McTiernan's Last Action Hero, Arnold sportingly spoofs his own big-screen tough-guy image, including a brief but hilarious dream sequence as a gun-toting, skull-kicking, take-no-prisoners Hamlet. "To be or not to be?" he muses. "Not to be." Boom!
Kenneth Branagh (1996) Building on two acclaimed stage performances as Hamlet, Branagh eclipsed Olivier by directing himself in this sumptuous, multi-layered, full-length film version co-starring Julie Christe as Gertrude and Kate Winslet as Ophelia. Branagh's performance feels almost too measured and mature, but the palatial setting and all-star cast carry him along. (Read more at The Hollywood Reporter)
Reviewers questioned his lightweight acting skills and movie-star looks but Law brought physicality and intensity to Michael Grandage's wintry stage production. A commercial smash in both London and New York, it marked Law's return to Broadway after 14 years away.
Fresh from TV success as Doctor Who, Tennant lured a large youthful crowd to director Gregory Doran's Royal Shakespeare Company production. Dressed in jeans and T-shirt, Tennant's quick-witted Hamlet was half hero and half jester, all barbed humor and light-footed mischief.
maxine peake hamlet
Laurence Olivier (1948) Directing himself in this film adaptation, Olivier highlights the prince’s mopey narcissism and
... VIEW MORE

Popperfoto/Getty Images
1 of 10

10 Notable Hamlets on Stage and Screen

TIME may receive compensation for some links to products and services on this website. Offers may be subject to change without notice.