This new project involves recording people with memories of Shakespeare in performance. As a taster, I’ve started with three productions of Hamlet by the RSC: 1965, 1980 and 1989, each memorable and very distinct from the others.
To begin with, here is Carol Malcolmson talking about her memories of seeing the David Warner Hamlet as a schoolgirl.
Bryan Palin was an avid theatregoer when he saw the production in 1966.
Roger Howells was the chief stage manager and remembers how they staged the ghost in 1965.
In 1980 Michael Pennington was a very different Hamlet. Here is Mairi Macdonald remembering a particular point in the production.
Here is Carol Malcolmson again, talking about Michael Pennington’s performance.
In 1989 Mark Rylance played the part. Here are some of James Stredder’s impressions of the production.
Bryan Palin also saw this production and had very different feelings about it.
Rebecca Brown saw the production many times as part of her work, and recalls some moments in great detail.
You can find a post about this project on the RSC’s My Shakespeare blog.
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