Hyperion to a Satyr: Act 3, Scene 1 – The Nunnery Scene

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, comics and even a rock opera. In Act III, Scene 1, Part 3, we cover the Nunnery Scene.

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Theme: "Fanfare" from 1996 Hamlet, by Patrick Doyle, with clips from that film, starring Ray Fearon and Kenneth Branagh; and the 1948 Hamlet, starring Lawrence Olivier.

Bonus clips: Hamlet 1996 by Kenneth Branagh, starring Kate Winslet and Kenneth Branagh; Hamlet 1948 by Laurence Olivier, starring Laurence Olivier; Hamlet 1980 by Rodney Bennett, starring Derek Jacobi and Patrick Stewart; Hamlet 1990 by Franco Zeffirelli, starring Helena Bonham-Carter; Hamlet 2000 by Michael Almereyda, starring Ethan Hawke; Hamlet 2009 by Gregory Doran, starring Mariah Gale, David Tennant and Oliver Ford Davies; Slings & Arrows, starring Luke Kirby; and "Ophélie, oh folie" by Johnny Hallyday.

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2 responses to “Hyperion to a Satyr: Act 3, Scene 1 – The Nunnery Scene

  1. Every time you talk about Jacobi’s interesting take on Hamlet, I tell myself that I need to watch the BBC production of Hamlet. I’m pretty sure I have access to it on BritBox (not a sponsor), so I don’t even have the excuse of not being able to find it. I just need to overcome inertia, and make time to watch it.

    Okay, I’m setting a goal to watch Jacobi’s Hamlet before you wrap up Act 3. Let’s see if I can make my conflict avoidant, people pleasing personality work in my favour.

    Thanks for another incredible episode.

  2. It is funny how early exposure to the play has stuck.

    My first teacher taught Polonius as a buffoon and that has sort of stuck. They taught that ‘nunnery’ was meant to be the jab of going to a whorehouse so that has stuck.

    So it was great to see you breakdown inflections here to get a sense of what meaning each take has brought.

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