Performing Hamlet

Performing Hamlet:
Actors in the Modern Age

Bloomsbury Publishing

Hamlet is arguably the most famous play on the planet, and the greatest of all Shakespeare’s works. To play Hamlet represents the supreme challenge for a young actor. Performing Hamlet contains revealing in-depth interviews with five distinguished Hamlets: Adrian Lester, Jude Law, Maxine Peake, Simon Russell Beale and David Tennant. The book also contains interviews with six leading directors of the play: John Caird, Greg Doran, Sarah Frankcom, Simon Godwin, Michael Grandage and Nicholas Hytner, Other performances described include those of Benedict Cumberbatch, Andrew Scott and Paapa Essiedu.

‘I’m so glad to see such a detailed analysis of the work Simon Russell Beale and I did together. The book looks very handsome and has been much admired.’ – John Caird

‘I had a wonderful time reading the book. All the chapters are fascinating.’ – Simon Godwin