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So... no tights, then?

Completely brushed past all the news reports that said David Tennant's production of "Hamlet" with Patrick Stewart would be a modern day retelling -- and so no tights. Rather, he's dressed like some kind of vagabond (dare I say street gangsta ;>? kidding!) at the beginning of the play (see user icon) and then seems to spend the rest of the play in a tuxedo with no tie (!?!). Links to articles, most of which have photos from the dress rehearsal, below...

Use this link to get the latest news on the play -- which goes over to Google News using the terms: Tennant Stewart Hamlet. Press night is Tuesday.

Tennant as Hamlet--pah! Here's the best Hamlet EVER!!!




First pictures of Dr Who's David Tennant as Hamlet
By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 9:05 AM on 04th August 2008
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1040935/First-pictures-Dr-Whos-David-Tennant-Hamlet.html

'Dr Who' star David prepares for debut as tortured Danish prince
4 AUGUST 2008
http://www.hellomagazine.com/film/2008/08/04/tennant-hamlet-stage/

David Tennant - from Doctor Who to Hamlet in Stratford
Aug 4 2008 By Marion McMullen
http://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/coventry-news/2008/08/04/david-tennant-from-doctor-who-to-hamlet-in-stratford-92746-21460494/

August 4, 2008
To cut or not to cut Hamlet: there's the rub
Gregory Doran
Putting on a full version of Hamlet would have audiences coming out of the theatre after midnight. So what gets the chop?
http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/stage/theatre/article4452181.ece
*** Actually, this is the article to read -- especially if you're going to see the play! -- as it's written by director Gregory Doran, who gives a history of the play and its various texts and then explains some of the changes he's made for his production -- including the one concerning Hamlet's soliloquy.

Who's a great Dane then?
Taking David Tennant out of the Tardis and into Hamlet is a leap in the dark even for a time traveller, director Gregory Doran tells Hermione Hoby
The Observer,  Sunday August 3 2008
http://www.guardian.co.uk/stage/2008/aug/03/theatre.rsc


Photo from the Coventry Telegraph article above --

Anyone who can figure out what David's Hamlet is supposed to be doing here is a better Shakespearean than *I* am!

David Tennant as Hamlet -- with a cutting board??

"My shiny cutting board! Let me show you it!" --???


 

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papilio_luna
Aug. 5th, 2008 01:58 pm (UTC)
It's not a "retelling". Lots (I'd say at this point, most--full scale Elizabethan costuming is expensive and uncomfortable) of productions of Shakespeare don't have the actors in Elizabethan dress. After all, the actors in Shakespeare's time only wore that stuff because at the time that was contemporary dress. And now jeans and t-shirts and tuxes are contemporary dress.
valsadie
Aug. 5th, 2008 09:51 pm (UTC)
In using the word "retelling" I was referring to the costumes only. Certainly not the text!

Despite the use of modern dress being clearly stated in all the articles about the show, I still didn't think I'd be mentioning tuxedos in reference to this production.

At most, I thought Elizabethan dress would be suggested, like in the Royal Shakespeare Company's previous Romeo & Juliet production starring Tennant.

If this Hamlet is wearing t-shirts, I see a giant save to the budget; having Tennant wear his *own* t-shirt collection would still yield a different costume for each performance (two on matinee days!) with more left over at the end of the run unused ;>!
valsadie
Aug. 6th, 2008 02:12 am (UTC)
OMG! I thought you were kidding about the t-shirt and jeans!

From David Tennant: thrills abound in Doctor Who Hamlet
Last Updated: 12:01am BST 06/08/2008
Charles Spencer reviews hamlet at the Courtyard Theatre, Stratford-Upon-Avon

As a student prince, who swaps his formal suit of mourning for jeans and T-shirt in Gregory Doran's sometimes brutally cut production, he captures the character's intelligence, wit and quicksilver mood changes.
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