Catching Hamlet

I put together a short video of five different actors performing “To be or not to be” at the same time as an experiment to hear how pacing and delivery has changed over the course of the past 100 years. It’s fascinating to hear how Gielgud clearly influenced Shatner, who, I think, is somewhat more typical than you might expect. Take a listen/look and see if you can identify the actors before the end credits.

Oh, and a “catch” was a song sung where one person would pick up the line of the last person and repeat it back. Putting together the video I couldn’t help but think that is what these five voices were doing.


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