Shakespeare's Prince of Denmark has been seen on stage, in films and in broadcast TV productions, and on Dec. 10 the melancholy Dane makes his cable TV movie debut in a world premiere film, "Hamlet," starring Campbell Scott, on the Odyssey Network.
Scott, the son George C. Scott and Colleen Dewhurst, co-directed the new film with Eric Simonson, the respected theatre director (Milwaukee Rep's Work Song, Broadway's Song of Jacob Zulu). Scott and Simonson attended college together in Wisconsin and, several years ago, Simonson directed Scott in a stage production of Hamlet in Boston.
Opposite Scott as mother Gertrude is Tony Award-winner Blair Brown (Broadway's The Dead and Copenhagen), in the company of Roscoe Lee Browne (as Polonius), Lisa Gay Hamilton (as Ophelia), Jamey Sheridan (as Claudius), Roger Guenevere Smith (as Laertes), and Michael Imperioli and Marcus Giamatti as Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, respectively.
Encore screenings following the 7-11 PM (ET/PT) Dec. 10 premiere will be 2-6 PM (ET/PT) Dec. 16 and 7-11 PM (ET/PT) Dec. 27.
The play was adapted — and updated — by Scott, who is best known as an actor. The play is now set in turn-of-the-century America, circa 1900. Recognized as one of the great tragedies in world literature, Hamlet concerns the tormented prince, haunted by the ghost of his murdered father, who prompts his son the avenge the killing.
Mary Frances Budig and Scott serve as producers with Jonathan Filley for Spare Room Productions.
Odyssey Network is a 24-hour cable television network that provides family entertainment programming to a national audience of nearly 28 million subscribers. The program service is distributed through 1,500 cable systems, DirecTV (Channel 312) and EchoStar (Channel 185) direct-to-home satellite services and C-Band dish owners across the country.
For more information on Odyssey Network and its programming visit www.OdysseyChannel.com.
— By Kenneth Jones