This outstanding historical recording made in 1941 for radio is widely regarded as one of the finest Hamlet performances ever, and one of John Gielgud's greatest moments. Though he went on to record it for commercial release, nothing matched this recording in the BBC studios, made before the days of editing.
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"There are many recordings of Shakespeare's most famous play, but now you can enjoy the most legendary of all - the live 1948 broadcast of John Gielgud's Hamlet. It remains utterly compelling, crystal clear, totally absorbing, with a classic quality that reflects the utter rightness of the interpretation. There is a delightful unscripted moment in Act V when Esme Percy (playing Osric) can be fainly heard calling admiringly "Oh! Oh! He's enchanting," during a brief Gieldgud pause." Christina Hardyment, The Times
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