Bequeathed Skull Stars in Hamlet
The skull held aloft by actor David Tennant in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Hamlet was a real one, it has been revealed.
Pianist Andre Tchaikowsky left his skull to the RSC when he died in 1982 in the hope it would be used on stage.
(Wasn’t the Tchaikowsky you were expecting? Our bad for writing catchy headlines. — Ed.)
But since his death at the age of 46, it had only been used in rehearsals.
Tennant held it on stage during the famous “Alas, poor Yorick” scene in 22 performances at the Courtyard Theatre, in Stratford-upon-Avon.
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