national theatre:50 years on stage

Hamlet excerpt (Act 1, Scene 5)
Benedict Cumberbatch
Hamlet excerpt (Act 1, Scene 5)

Benedict performing an excerpt of Hamlet - Act 1, Scene 5:

O most pernicious woman!O villain, villain, smiling, damnèd villain!My tables!—Meet it is I set it downThat one may smile, and smile, and be a villain.At least I’m sure it may be so in Denmark. 

Can you exaggerate the part played by Hamlet, Prince of Denmark? He's not just a spear carrier, is he?
Benedict Cumberbatch (as Rumpole)
Can you exaggerate the part played by Hamlet, Prince of Denmark? He's not just a spear carrier, is he?

No, he’s not just a spear carrier! Yes, it’s the role of a lifetime, playing the Prince of Denmark. 

[Audio: Rumpole “Alone and Without a Lead” / Images: edits from Sherlock S02E02 - yes, t'was only a harpoon, and National Theatre Live 50 Years on Stage]