This is a Great Performances presentation of Joseph Papp's 1990 New York Shakespeare Festival production of the play. Hamlet returns from university for his father's funeral to find his uncle married to his mother. Prompted by his father's ghost, Hamlet carries out his investigation and revenge.
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This is the second time for B. H. Barry to choreograph the fighting for Hamlet. He had done so before for the version of Hamlet in the BBC TV Shakespeare series starring Derek Jacobi in the title role. See more
Laertes, wanting to avenge his father's and sister's death, conspires with Claudius to kill Hamlet. For this purpose, a cup of wine is poisoned and the sword drained in poison. However, when he sees that Hamlet tries to drink from the poisoned cup, instead of letting him do so, he deters him by cutting Hamlet with his poisoned sword. See more
Version of The Tragedy of Hamlet