Hyperion to a Satyr: Hamlet Act I, Scene 2 – The Wedding Banquet

Hyperion to a Satyr - The Fire and Water Podcast Network's Hamlet Podcast - continues Siskoid's scene-by-scene deep dive into Shakespeare's masterwork, discussing the text, but also performance and staging through the lens of several films, television, and comics. Act I, Scene 2 is too long to cover all in one go, so in Part 1 of 3, we look at the Wedding Banquet, stopping just short of Prince Hamlet's introduction.

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Theme: "Fanfare" from 1996 Hamlet, by Patrick Doyle, with clips from that film, starring Ray Fearon; the 1980 Hamlet, starring Derek Jacobi; and the 2009 Hamlet, starring David Tennant.

Bonus clips: Hamlet 1996 by Kenneth Branagh, starring Derek Jacobi; Hamlet 1980 by Rodney Bennett, starring Patrick Stewart; Hamlet 2000 by Michael Almereyda, starring Kyle MacLachlan and Diane Venora; and Hamlet 2009 by Gregory Doran, starring Patrick Stewart.

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5 responses to “Hyperion to a Satyr: Hamlet Act I, Scene 2 – The Wedding Banquet

  1. As I said in my final paper way back UNI (LOVE that phrase) I said “Hamlet is Christen” That why his REVENGE does not work. “Vengence is mine sayth the lord! Oh you can TRY. You can make your little stab at justice, But everbody ends up dead so it ends up in God’s hands anyway.

  2. I know there’s a theory out there that Shakespeare was a secret Catholic. (In my mind, it has a 52% chance of being true — which while by no means a certainty is still 51% more than I think about the secret Earl theory beloved by so many actors who are brilliant on stage like Mark Rylance.) To me, the thing that makes Shakespeare as a Catholic ever so slightly more likely than not is the character of Hamlet.

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