Gregory Doran and Mariah Gale discuss Ophelia's madness. Patrick Stewart reveals how the scene was given extra charge by keeping cast members in the dark. They consider how to approach the issue of mental instability. How might a person feel if their lover had killed their father? Does Ophelia play up her insanity by behaving in a deliberately manic way? We also learn how director and actress worked secretly on the scene and they discuss the fascination and danger of being on stage but not knowing what's going to happen next.
Director Gregory Doran and actors Edward Bennett, Oliver Ford Davies and Mariah Gale examine the relationship between Polonius and his children and the relationship between Laertes and Ophelia. They argue that Polonius has a great love for his son but doesn't understand his daughter. The clip features extracts from the televised version of the 2008 RSC production of 'Hamlet'.
Actor Meg Fraser plays Ophelia. In rehearsals for any play, the company examine the relationships between the characters. Here Meg explains how in Hamlet, each scene is a journey in itself and they have played this scene in several different ways in rehearsals.
This video is from the Royal Shakespeare Company's 2004 production of Hamlet.
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