Tony Richardson effectively preserved his Roundhouse production in the Nicol Williamson film version of Hamlet. Young Anthony Hopkins plays the adulterous uncle of Hamlet (no wonder they drove the kid crazy). This means Patrick Wymark’s performance as Claudius in the US tour was never recorded.


But we may get some hint of Wymark’s performance from the Argo records production, reviewed on John Owen’s Argonaut blog: “Wymark giving a beautiful account of a man who has succeeded so completely in an evil deed, that he is blown to pieces the first time he is brought face to face with an account of his deeds.” Ironically, some productions twin the Ghost with Claudius, but here the Ghost of Hamlet’s father is played by William (Sir Gerald Merle) Devlin