Saturday, April 23, 2016

(video) Prince Charles plays Hamlet alongside Benedict Cumberbatch, Dame Judi Dench and Sir Ian McKellen

 Harry Wallop, video courtesy bbc two / shakespeare live
23 APRIL 2016 • 10:12PM

The Prince of Wales - briefly - became the Prince of Denmark on Saturday.

Prince Charles appeared on stage at Stratford as part of a stellar cast in Shakespeare Live, a light-hearted tribute to Britain's most famous writer, 400 years to the day after he died.

Harriet Walter, Dame Judi Dench and David Tennant in Hamlet

Prince Charles uttered Shakespeare's most famous line "to be or not to be", managing to achieve not just every actor's dream, but trump Dame Judi Dench.

His short contribution came as part of a complex and witty homage to Shakespeare and his soliloquy from Hamlet known the world over.

Prince Charles appeared alongside Tim Minchin, Benedict Cumberbatch, Harriet Walter, David Tennant, Rory Kinnear, Ian McKellen, Judi Dench, and the RSC’s current Hamlet, Paapa Essiedu.

It was a fitting finale to a day of celebrations in Stratford that mixed solemnity, pomp, quite a bit of low farce - and royalty. William Shakespeare probably would have approved.

Thousands gathered in Stratford-Upon-Avon on Saturday to celebrate the death of Britain’s most famous writer – and his birthday too.


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