In case you thought that David Tennant was sitting around idly after his run as the Tenth Doctor on the long-running science fiction series, Doctor Who, ended, think again. Tennant, earlier this year, ended a Stratford-Upon-Avon, then London, run of the Royal Shakespeare Company production of Hamlet. If that wasn’t enough, Tennant reprised the role recently, along with much of the stage cast – including the great Patrick Stewart as Claudius – for the small screen in the television adaptation for BBC Two, which will be broadcast on Saturday, 26 December 2009.
Stewart, an unbelievable stage actor, is also widely known for his Star Trek: The Next Generation role of Captain Jean-Luc Picard and role in X-Men, is actually reprising his 1980 role of Claudius that was opposite Derek Jacobi’s Hamlet.
Both the BBC Two and the Royal Shakespeare Company should be congratulated as this is an incredible opportunity. To bring this critically-acclaimed stage production that completely sold out in a matter of hours with such a masterful cast to a much wider audience that never had the opportunity to see the production is a great achievement.
PBS, KERA, to broadcast in 2010
U.S. audiences will get their opportunity to see the production when PBS and public television stations across the country (including KERA in Dallas) will air the program in the Spring of 2010 as part of the Great Performances series.