Doctor Who David Tennant poised to play Hamlet
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Last updated at 01:37am on 6th July 2007 Comments (3)
'To be or not to be, that is the question' for David Tennant who is in negotiations to play Hamlet for the Royal Shakespeare Company
Time-travelling David Tennant - the best of all the Dr Whos - is in negotiations to play Hamlet for the Royal Shakespeare Company.
To be, or not to be the Danish prince, that is the question for Mr Tennant, who starts shooting his third series as the Time Lord in Cardiff on Monday.
The plan being developed by RSC artistic chief Michael Boyd is for Mr Tennant to play Hamlet in a production he wants to direct next summer. The exact timing will depend on whether the actor will do a fourth batch of episodes as the Converse All Stars-sporting Doctor.
Tennant has been offered several high-profile TV, film and stage parts since his interpretation of Dr Who found so much favour with audiences and critics. Indeed, he recently completed filming a TV movie for HBO called Einstein And Eddington opposite Andy Serkis and Rebeca Hall.
I understand he's minded to give one of the Bard's most famous characters a try.
For starters, Tennant has spoken in the past of his desire to play Hamlet. Plus he has worked with Boyd before (he cast Tennant as Romeo in Romeo And Juliet six years ago). And he evidently enjoys being part of the RSC, having acted in six plays for them.
Tennant last appeared on the stage four years ago in the searing play Pillowman at the National Theatre, although he must have been disappointed that he wasn't able to go with it when it was produced on Broadway.
People associated with the RSC and Tennant are trying to keep the Hamlet talks under wraps in case the deal, which hasn't been completed, unravels.
If Hamlet does
happen, and my sense is that it will, it will have a huge built-in audience.
There are a lot of Dr Who fans out there.