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Welcome to the first episode of the second series of the podcast, in which producer Andrew Smith relates what he learned while making the podcast, as well as recounting the little known stories and unexpected facts which swirl around Hamlet's famous speech. Why is this speech so famous? Why does it generate such contradictory interpretations and such conflicting responses, ranging from those who love it to those who hate it?
In this episode we hear two contrasting stories; that of Jean Moulin, a French Resistance leader during the Second World War, and Kurt Cobain, lead singer of Nirvana - two men leading wildly different lives, who had one thing in common, a close and agonised attention to Hamlet's soliloquy
The episode contains discussions about suicide.
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The readings of Hamlet's speech are by Emma Fielding