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18 April 2010 @ 04:14 pm
Hamlet on the Great Performances website  
The Great Performances website has been updated for Hamlet, finally. (It's possible that they did this earlier in the month; I got tired of checking in late March or so.)

(Is it just me, or is the trailer rather overwrought? I know, it's Hamlet, but I think I preferred the BBC trailer.)

There's also an interview with Patrick Stewart, and a teacher's guide.

As they did with King Lear, they'll be putting the entire thing up on the website after it airs on TV.

I still think PBS/Great Performances isn't doing a particularly good job of getting the word out about this; I'm sure there are lots of people who watch PBS and enjoy Shakespeare, but who are not especial fans of David Tennant, who have no idea this is happening. I mentioned it in passing to my best friend this morning, and she hadn't heard a thing about it. (I don't really believe this to be the case, because I've been talking about it for ages, but she certainly didn't realize that it was airing so soon.)
troyswann on April 18th, 2010 08:53 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the link!
tempestsarekind: hamlet/horatio OTPtempestsarekind on April 18th, 2010 09:07 pm (UTC)
Glad to provide a service!
litlover12 on April 19th, 2010 03:15 am (UTC)
I didn't even know, and I should have known, considering that I have something like a zillion online buddies who are huge Tennant fangirls. :-) Thanks for the heads up.
tempestsarekindtempestsarekind on April 19th, 2010 06:16 pm (UTC)
Well, exactly! It seems to me that it's incredibly easy *not* to know--even with the online Tennant army--unless you're actively looking for information yourself. Badly done, PBS (as Mr. Knightley might say).
litlover12 on April 20th, 2010 06:38 pm (UTC)
Slightly OT: I was wondering if you saw this. Something of a sore subject, I know, but I think it's worth reading if only for the line about disaster movies at the end. :-)

tempestsarekind: the man himselftempestsarekind on April 20th, 2010 06:54 pm (UTC)
Heh--it's so true! I already get asked that question on a reasonably regular basis; this film is going to make that a thousand times worse.

Thanks for the link! I quite like James Shapiro and intend to read the book, despite the fact that the whole authorship question kind of gives me hives.
litlover12 on April 20th, 2010 06:57 pm (UTC)
Makes me think of those poor tour guides dealing with people looking for the hidden "Da Vinci Code"-style messages at all the tourist attractions!
tempestsarekind: austen snark is the best snarktempestsarekind on April 20th, 2010 07:08 pm (UTC)
Oh, I know! Ad I would be horribly insulted, if I were a tour guide who really cared about the place I was giving tours of: how is it that you're only interested in this fascinating place because it might be part of some conspiracy? How is this work of art only significant because of some goofy "secret" it's supposed to be hiding?

...But then, it's possible that I get too attached to the things I care about. :) And I have this reaction about Shakespeare already anyway: all this fuss, over what he looked like, and who he was or wasn't, and whom he supposedly slept with--and how many of those people have read or seen one of the plays recently?