Hamlet returns to Denmark when his father, the King, dies. His mother Gertrude has already married Hamlet's uncle Claudius, the new King. They urge Hamlet to marry his beloved Ophelia. But soon the ghost of Hamlet's father appears and tells Hamlet that he was murdered by Claudius and Gertrude. Hamlet must choose between passive acquiescence and the need for a vengeance which might lead to tragedy. Written by
The extraordinary adaptation of Shakespeare's classic tale of vengeance and tragedy.
Did You Know?
's only previous Shakespeare experience was playing Juliet in an all male production of "Romeo and Juliet" in Australia. By contrast, Alan Bates
(who played Claudius) had played Hamlet in London in 1970 and Paul Scofield
(who played the Ghost) had played the part in 1948 and 1955 and is considered one of the greatest twentieth century interpreters of the role. See more
In his "To be or not to be" monologue, Hamlet says, "the dread of something after death, the undiscovered country from whose bourn no traveler returns." He is visiting his father's tomb, yet he forgets that his father's ghost did indeed return from that undiscovered country. See more
Hamlet! Think of us as of a father. For let the world take note: you are the most immediate to our throne. And with no less nobility of love than that which dearest father bears his son do I impart toward you.
Version of Hamlet