Hamlet (2004) - Act 1 Scene 2: Secrets & Lies
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Watch this extract from this RSC production, filmed during rehearsals in the Ashcroft Room at the Swan Theatre in 2004. Nowadays, we're used to questioning the integrity of politicians and should equally apply this scepticism to the dealings of the court at Elsinore. All the traditional court figure More…s appear in this first public scene of the play. Affairs of state are attended to; everything seems even and well-governed. But beneath the surface are layers of intrigue - deceit, artifice and manipulation. This extract opens with Laertes asking to return to France.