Act 1, Scene 25 – “One day I’ll draw them alive.”

prequel-page-001Notes on Hamlet: The Prequel

We’re going right back to the beginning this week, with a look at what happened before the curtain rose on Hamlet – and where it all went horribly wrong for everyone…

Hamlet Sr was an interesting character to work on. I wanted there to be a lot of resemblance between father and son, but not just genetic – Hamlet idolises Daddy, so he’s based a lot of his look on him. But at the same time, there had to be strong defining physical characteristics that I could apply to the ghost when the time comes. So as well as a similar nose and the trademark Elsinore eyebrows, he also has his son’s two-dimensional quiff and a lighter version of Hamlet’s costume, but the pointy beard and grey temples give him a very specific head shape.

Claudius, Gertrude and Laertes all make their Zounds debut as corpses. One day I’ll draw them alive, but for now, you shall nose them as you go up the stairs into the lobby.

Zounds can also now be followed on Facebook, as I continue my slow crawl into the 21st century…

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