Ralph Fiennes

Ralph Fiennes took on the role in 1995, starting in London and later moving to Broadway. His interpretation of the role was said to be more contemporary than his predecessors. On his interpretation he told the Guardian "I think Hamlet's mind is modern. I think it must be, because people seem compelled by Hamlet. And it is a modern dilemma". The New York Times would echo this in their review when they wrote that "his Hamlet is utterly contemporary in execution and concept". For his performance he won a Tony Award for best actor.

David TennantDavid Tennant went from 'Doctor Who' to Hamlet

David Tennant

David Tennant won rave reviews for his 'Hamlet,' which ran between 2008 and 2009 and was staged by the Royal Shakespeare Company. His performance was described as having a more witty take on the character than is usually seen. Much reference was of course made to Tennant’s most famous role, as Doctor Who, but audiences were encouraged to leave that image of him at the door. As The Guardian wrote "audiences may flock to this production to see the transmogrification of Dr Who into a wild and witty Hamlet. What they will discover is a rich realisation of the greatest of poetic tragedies." Tennant and the rest of the production's original cast would reprise their roles for a BBC film version, which aired in  December 2009.

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