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Hamlet – the music video

Date: 2008
Posted by: larryc56
Cast: Laurence Olivier (Hamlet) and cast of 1948 film
Credits: Edited and performed by Laurence Campling, song by Adam McNaughton
Duration: 4.53

Here’s a classic parody with a YouTube twist. Scottish folksinger Adam McNaughton’s chirpy song ‘Oor Hamlet’ takes us through the main plot points of Hamlet, gently mocking its absurdities until the final pay-off line, “If you think that was boring, you should see the bloody play”. Video editor Laurence Campling plays and sings the song, delivered in a folky style (without the original’s Scottishisms) reminiscent of Martin Carthy (who does in fact include this song in his repertoire), which he has edited to clips from Laurence Olivier’s 1948 film. The earnestness of Olivier’s film cries out for sending up, and the video achieves the clever trick of pleasing both those who have suffered Hamlet in the classrom and those who love their Shakespeare and find that satire only increases that love.

Links:
YouTube page
Adam McNaugthon’s lyrics to Oor Hamlet
Adam McNaughton on Wikipedia
Laurence Campling’s website

2 thoughts on “Hamlet – the music video

  1. Hi Bardbox,

    This is Laurence Campling here. Just stumbled upon this mention of my Hamlet video. Thanks so much for posting it. I’m intrigued by your mention of Martin Carthy “includ(ing) this film in his repertoire”. Do you mean he shows it when he performs? I’d be honored if he did. Let me know if you have more information.
    Cheers,
    Laurence

  2. Oops, it was a typo – I meant that Carthy includes the song in his repertoire. I’ve now corrected the post.

    Congratulations on a nicely-done video.

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