Hyperion to a Satyr: Hamlet Act I, Scene 2 – Enter Hamlet

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 Part 2 of Act I, Scene 2, we look at Hamlet's entrance, stopping just short of Horatio finding him at the end of his first soliloquy.

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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 1980 by Rodney Bennett, starring Patrick Stewart and Derek Jacobi; Hamlet 1990 by Franco Zeffirelli, starring Glenn Close; Hamlet 1996 by Kenneth Branagh, starring Kenneth Branagh; Hamlet 1948 by Laurence Olivier, starring Basil Sydney; Hamlet 2000 by Michael Almereyda, starring Ethan Hawke; Hamlet 2009 by Gregory Doran, starring Patrick Stewart and David Tennant; In a Bleak Midwinter by Kenneth Branagh, starring John Sessions; and "Le vieux roi est mort" (The Old King Is Dead) by Johnny Hallyday.

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6 responses to “Hyperion to a Satyr: Hamlet Act I, Scene 2 – Enter Hamlet

  1. As always, Siskoid, a great episode. I love looking at the different Hamlets, and like you, Olivier falls further down on my lists of Hamlets. Perhaps the first season opening song of Slings & Arrows was being sung to Olivier’s version.

    And speaking of Slings & Arrows, if Hyperion to a Satyr gets a spinoff, surely a show about Slings & Arrows would be a natural.

    Of course, you could also do a podcast of how Branagh being informed by John Barton, etc knows how to deliver Shakespearean lines with perfect mood but also perfect clarity — making it fresh and understandable to modern audiences while not seeming gimmicky. Familiar but by no means vulgar… but then that’s another episode, isn’t it?

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