Dubbed “a new standard for adaptations of Shakespeare” by The New York Times, director Michael Almereyda’s vision of Hamlet transplants the Prince of Denmark to the streets of New York, turning a kingdom into a (literally) cutthroat corporation. Using the Bard’s original dialogue, this sleek modernization envisions Hamlet (Hawke) as an angst-ridden film student who attempts to use his art to make sense of his life.
Appropriate for grades 9—12.
Cite one example from Hamlet in which the director uses
modern technology to underscore or clarify meaning in Shakespeare’s
text. Are these moments effective? Why or why not?
COMMON CORE CONNECTION: RL.10-12.7 / RL.9-10.9
BAM study guides make Common Core State Standard connections clear and simple for every production and screening, providing specially-tailored teaching tools and lesson plans.
BAM teaching artists visit your classroom for an engaging, interactive workshop, providing your students with invaluable information to deepen their understanding and experience of the performance or screening.
This brilliant new production of a classic tale features Frank Langella in the title role.
Baz Luhrmann’s 20th-century neon-tinged update retains the tragedy’s original dialogue.