Hamlet (1984): Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal Shakespeare Theatre
PRINCIPAL CAST: Frances Barber (Ophelia); Brian Blessed (Claudius); Kenneth Branagh (Laertes); Nicholas Farrell (Horatio); Virginia McKenna (Gertrude); Frank Middlemass (Polonius); Roger Rees (Hamlet).
This production had its original press night on 5 September 1984 in Stratford-upon-Avon. According to press reports at the time, it was the 50th Hamlet to have been staged at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.
"Maria Bjornson provides an unusually Scandinavian environment - black marble staircases, plain back walls, silver chandeliers and marvellous clothes, many academic in inspiration, making use of grey velvet and watered silk." ~ Michael Ratcliffe, "Itching with wit", The Observer, 9 September 1984