Take a Look Again on the 1964 Broadway Richard Burton-Led Hamlet That Impressed Jack Thorne’s New Play
The Harry Potter and the Cursed Baby author has penned a brand new work in regards to the manufacturing, which can be directed by Sam Mendes.
On the heels of the reveal that Sam Mendes will direct the brand new Jack Thorne-penned play The Motive and the Cue, Playbill takes a glance again on the historic 1964 revival of Hamlet that impressed the upcoming work.
Colloquially referred to usually as Richard Burton’s Hamlet, the Broadway revival of Shakespeare’s tragedy was mounted on the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. It opened April 9, 1964, and performed 137 performances earlier than closing August 8, 1964. The landmark revival was directed by famous Shakespeare actor John Gielgud.
The manufacturing was thought-about a business success, partially because of the celeb nature of Richard Burton and his latest marriage to Elizabeth Taylor through the present’s out-of-town Toronto tryout. Burton earned a Tony nomination, however Hume Cronyn gained Finest Featured Actor in a Play for his efficiency as Polonius. The revival earned no different Tony nominations or awards.
The forged additionally featured Eileen Herlie as Queen Gertrude, who reprised the function after enjoying Hamlet’s mom in Laurence Olivier’s 1948 movie adaptation, Linda Marsh as Ophelia, and Alfred Drake as King Claudius. John Gielgud directed the manufacturing.
Impressed by Richard Sterne’s John Gielgud Directs Richard Burton in Hamlet and William Redfield’s Letters From an Actor, Thorne’s The Motive and the Cue will go behind the uncooked, rehearsal-like staging of the revival to discover the collaboration between Gielgud, himself a revered Shakespearean actor, and Burton, in addition to delving into what occurred behind-the-scenes through the manufacturing, which was engulfed in consideration from the general public. It would premiere at London’s Nationwide Theatre subsequent spring in a co-production with Neal Avenue Productions.
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