Online Petition to Get Tennant's Hamlet on DVD???Date: 19 January 2009
An online petition asking the RSC to produce a DVD version of its recent production of Hamlet starring David Tennant has attracted more that 5,000 signatures. The petition, set up by RSC patron Margret Best, states that “due to the popularity of this production, many people who would have liked to have seen it were unable to have that pleasure”, adding that a filmed version would be an “important educational tool”.
Margret Best told Whatsonstage.com: “Michael Boyd, the artistic director of the RSC has written to me to say that he welcomed the petition and he has said that he has not given up on the idea of the production being filmed, even though various factors prevented them from doing so while it was actually running.” She added that the petition would be “instrumental” in the company's decision-making over whether the film will be produced.
Hamlet caused an unprecedented demand for tickets from the moment Tennant, who is the current Doctor Who, was announced in the title role. During the recent West End run at the Novello theatre, the actor injured his back and missed over three weeks of performances during which time he was replaced by understudy Edward Bennett (See News, 19 Jan 2008).
Hamlet is nominated in two categories for this year's Whatsonstage.com Theatregoers' Choice Awards, currently open to public voting (for more info, visit our awards site).
To sign the Hamlet DVD petition, click here.
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