I’m not sure how accurate this item is, (it’s the New York Post after all!), but supposedly Judi Dench has signed on to do a play with the writer of Skyfall, John Logan, about an aging Alice (yes, that Alice, from “Alice in Wonderland”). And Whishaw is supposedly playing Peter Pan. Errr, what? Peter Pan in “Alice in Wonderland’? Hmmm, seems dodgy. But maybe the play is about Alice feeling jealous that Peter Pan never grows old, while she ages, heh. I really, really want this to be true (Dench and Whishaw, on stage together), but I guess we’ll have to wait and see.
Judi Dench as Ophelia in an Old Vic production of Hamlet (1957)
Judi Dench as Gertrude in a National Theatre production of Hamlet (1989), with Daniel Day Lewis as Hamlet.
Ben Whishaw as Hamlet in an Old Vic production of Hamlet (2004).
Good news from The Guardian for people living in London. The Victoria & Albert Museum (which Wikipedia informs me is the world’s largest museum of decorative arts and design) will be screening Whishaw’s 2004 Hamlet and a few other plays for free on Sundays from 22 January to 25 March. (They have this recorded already, DVD please???) The article mentioned David Tennant, Michael Sheen and Rory Kinnear as recent high-profile Hamlets. Except for Kinnear (who was Laertes in the 2004 Hamlet with Whishaw), these are relatively older actors. I wonder why most of the high-profile Hamlets are older (Ralph Fiennes and Daniel Day Lewis were some of the other ones) even though Hamlet is supposed to be a young man. I suspect a big part of it is the media paying more attention when big-star actors are playing the part rather than young unknowns straight from RADA.