The Online Stage presents Shakespeare’s most famous and most quoted play, a revenge drama which explores the inevitable conflict between conscience and justice, between morality and obligation. The tragedy arises, not from an obvious weakness in the character of Hamlet, but rather from his inability to deal with an apparently insoluble moral dilemma.
The role of Hamlet is the longest (1,569 lines) and, according to many, the most demanding in the Shakespearean canon.
The Ghost, First Player, Player, Captain, Sailor, Ambassador – Ron Altman
Hamlet – Ben Lindsey-Clark
Queen Gertrude – Michele Eaton
King Claudius – Alan Weyman
Ophelia – Libby Stephenson
Laertes, Lucianus – Andy Harrington
Polonius, Gravedigger – Peter Tucker
Barnardo, Reynaldo, Prologue, Lord – Andrew Coleman
Horatio – Ed Humpal
Francisco, Voltemand, Player King, Messenger – Daniel Vimont
Cornelius, Player Queen, Osric – Joseph Tabler
Rosencrantz – K.G. Cross
Guildenstern, Doctor – Marty Kris
Marcellus, Gentleman, Fortinbras – Brett Downey
Stage directions read by Denis Daly. Audio editing by Denis Daly. The script for this recording was kindly provided by PlayShakespeare.com.