I watched the production of Hamlet that aired on PBS earlier this week. I normally would not have watched a modernized version of Shakespeare (Yes, I’m one of those kind of people.) but with David Tennant as Hamlet and Patrick Stewart as Claudius I couldn’t pass it up. And now, from now on, in my mind Hamlet will forever look like David Tennant.
I recorded it in the daytime because I was sure that no one else in my family would be interested. Number Two Son did watch part of it and he and I both agree that David Tennant does crazy exceptionally well. Patrick Stewart was good too of course. I really enjoyed the whole thing and I’m thinking of seeing if I can buy it on DVD.
The modern trappings didn’t bother me as much as I expected. I still thought of it as taking place in the 1500′s. I suppose I read enough science fiction that an alternate reality in which 16th century Denmark has surveillance cameras and t-shirts and such seems entirely plausible.