February 3, 1990
To Be, or Not To Be Too Old To Play Hamlet
Hamlet is supposed to be the young Prince of Denmark. In his first scene, his mother begs him not to return to school, but stay in Elsinore. I imagine Shakespeare wanted a young man 19-25 years old to play him. The highest-profile performances of the role have been by much older actors. Here's a list of famous actors who have played Hamlet. This list only includes performances listed in the Internet Movie Database. The names are listed alongside their birth year and the year the performance was released in theaters or home video. As a result, the age of the actor when the performance was made may be a year or two younger.