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Sarah Annes Brown

play’s sources, laying bare its textual layers for all to see, this recent film alludes to the play’s performance history, with ageing actors who once played Hamlet ’s leads now relegated to playing memories and quotations, ghosts from the distant past. There is almost a kind of humour in the way these iconic figures from the stage are relegated to playing silent non-characters, a humour similar to that

in A familiar compound ghost