I have declared 2013 The Summer of Hamlet. Basically this means that I will watch several different versions of Hamlet and talk about them on my blog.
(Sarah Bernhardt as Hamlet)
First up will be the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Hamlet, filmed in 2010 for the BBC. It stars David Tennant as Hamlet, and Patrick Stewart as Claudius. Sci-fi fans everywhere will be delighted to see The Doctor seek his revenge against Captain Jean-Luc Picard of the USS Enterprise.
(David Tennant as Hamlet)
I also requested Hamlet: Poem Unlimited by Harold Bloom, as well as a collection of literary criticism about Hamlet, which I’ll read if I have time.
I’ll also post any reflections I have about the play, and what stands out to me at this point in time in my life and in history.
(Edwin Booth as Hamlet)
However, before I begin, I must start with an act of sacrilege. My first post will be so horrific, so outrageous, that it may very well cost me my life. I have no doubt that, after posting this, I will be called before the Shakespeare Inquisition in Stratford to stand trial for blasphemy against the prophet Shakespeare and then be burned at the stake.