Sunday, November 8, 2009

Sesame Street 40, Hamlet 408

"Soliloquy on B." Perf. Patrick Stewart. Sesame Street. [Details about the specific episode are sketchy at present, but I will be attempting to gather them soon. Bardfilm likes to give full bibliographic details whenever possible.]
Sesame Street turned forty this week; Hamlet was written 408 years ago (though not necessarily this week). In honor of the one or the other, Bardfilm is providing this link to Patrick Stewart's riff on Hamlet's soliloquy. If only Alistair Cookie had introduced it for Monsterpiece Theatre!

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