GREAT HAMLETS – SHAME ABOUT THE LACK OF MOVIES
His pyjama-clad 1988 turn as the great prevaricator was famously unsettling. Rylance also played the part in the open air during his time running the Globe Theatre. Film roles are weirdly fe wand far between, but he did reveal all in Patrice Chereau’s sexually explicit Intimacy in 2000.
Simon Russell Beale
Along with Mark Rylance, Beale, now 54, is frequently touted as the best theatre actor of his generation. Most unusually, he managed to play Hamlet and KingLear at the National Theatre in London within 10 years of one another. He has few significant film roles, but can be seen in The Deep Blue Sea and Into the Woods.
Scofield delivered a famous Hamlet opposite a young Claire Bloom in 1947. He barely appeared before a camera over the following 20 years, but then managed to graban Oscar in A Man for All Seasons. He never got on much with movies – filmed versions of stage productions such as Peter Brook’s King Lear noted – but was super in Quiz Show.
Frances de la Tour
One of the most acclaimed female Hamlets, de la Tour is best known on screen for her turn as Miss Jones in the TV series Rising Damp. She was in Brook’s famous production of A
Mid summer Night’s Dream and many unforgettable productions for the National Theatre and the RSC. She also briefly appears in Into the Woods.
A Scottish actor of disturbing presence, he was a more than usually mad Hamlet in a wildly acclaimed production for Tony Richardson. The filmed version, featuring Marianne Faithfull as Ophelia, didn’t quite come off and Williamson settled into a n intermittent film career. He is perhaps best known as Merlin in John Boorman’s Excalibur.