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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 15
Cast
Michael Maloney
Julia Sawalha
John Sessions
Directors
Kenneth Branagh
Screenwriters
Kenneth Branagh
Running Time
99 minutes

In The Bleak Midwinter
Let's do a show!' 'Yeah, let's do Hamlet!'


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Plot
Unemployed actor Joe (Maloney) decides to launch a production of Hamlet in a disused church over christmas. He hopes to lure London critics, but the only players he can assemble are a rag-tag bunch of misfits. The stage is set for a 'let's do a show' ensemble piece of the Garland / Rooney variety...


Verdict
Theatre buffs will especially appreciate the backstage jests and despite what one suspects is bound to be limited appeal, this is, in its sly, enthusiastic sending up of actorly angst, Branagh's most pleasing work to date.


Reviewed by Angie Errigo

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