Several years ago (2006, it turns out) I wrote an essay on “Shakespeare on Depression” which quoted some lines from Hamlet.
I have long had the idea making an audio recording of that essay with a real Shakespearan actor reading the lines from Hamlet.
The stars have aligned. I have a new Macbook which is better at capturing and editing audio. I’in the process of watching Kenneth Branagh’s version of Hamlet (4 hours–too much for one sitting). This allowed me to identify where in the movie the quoted lines are.
Then all I needed was the original essay. I couldn’t find it. Eventually I found it in an archive of my old web site. So here it is: the original essay; the audio form and even a Youtube link to the main quoted section.
Shakespeare on depression (text)