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Maxine Peake, Paapa Essiedu and Jerry Brotton

Playing Hamlet

Hay Festival 2016, 
How do you begin to tackle Shakespeare’s greatest role, and some of the best known speeches in the English language; and what do you learn from the experience? Two of the greatest modern Hamlets talk about the role. Maxine Peake played Hamlet in Sarah Frankcom’s landmark production for the Manchester Royal Exchange. Paapa Essiedu is playing Hamlet now at the RSC in a production that will be broadcast live to cinemas across the world on 8 June.  They talk to the author of This Orient Isle, Jerry Brotton, who is the Shakespeare adviser to the Hay Festival.
Maxine Peake, Paapa Essiedu and Jerry Brotton