Hamlet Available on IPlayer for a Limited Time

The five episodes of Hamlet, aired on consecutive days this past week, will only be available for a short time on BBC iPlayer. Each episode is accessible for listening for one week after it is broadcast, so episode one is only available for 2 more days.

Reviews of the program were very complimentary:

The Stage: "The first episode of Hamlet, that seminal text of Nordic noir, stranded across a whole week of Afternoon Dramas, offers a masterclass in how to create an atmosphere of swirling, sepulchral doom. Roger Goula’s original music, gorgeous and expectant, works with Marc Beeby’s direction to impart a chill to proceedings."

Radio Times: "To get the audience in the mood, here’s a full and impressive five-part version of one of literature’s greatest works of fiction — Hamlet. I spotted minor cuts to the text but nothing that will arouse the ire of die-hard Shakespeare fanatics. Instead, the team have grasped the nettle and introduced some stunning audio effects that add real depth to the play, especially the ghost scenes."

Each episode is a bit less than 45 minutes. Make sure to give it a listen while you can!

Hamlet Starts on BBC 4 Radio Today!

At long last, Tom's turn as Laertes in Hamlet will be broadcast this week on BBC Radio 4. Starting today, with a new 45 minute episode each day this week, the 5 part play will be aired at 2:15 GMT (10:15 EDT). You can listen live on the BBC Radio 4 website, no matter where you live.

The synopsis of episode one from the BBC website:

The Castle of Elsinore in Denmark. The court is uneasy. The king of Denmark has recently died and the throne has been claimed by the king's brother, Claudius. Prince Hamlet, still in mourning for his father, distrusts Claudius and believes that what has happened at the court 'cannot come to good'

Original music composed and realised by Roger Goula

The director is Marc Beeby.

Programs are normally available on the BBC iPlayer for a week after they are aired, if you are unable to listen live.

Cast photo - Hamlet (radio)

Cast photo - Hamlet (radio)

via BBC.co.uk

Hamlet on BBC Radio 4 Next Week

BBC Radio 4 will be broadcasting Hamlet, starring Jamie Parker as Hamlet and Tom as Laertes, next week in 5 parts starting Monday, March 24th at 2:15 pm GMT. You will be able to listen to all episodes live as well as after they are aired on the BBC website, where programs are normally available for a week after the initial broadcast.

Thanks to Lorna for spotting this!