Hamlet

Plot and character

Hamlet is a young prince in Denmark who was supposed to become king when his father (also named Hamlet) died. Instead, the throne was seized by Hamlet's uncle Claudius, who also married Hamlet's mother, Gertrude. Hamlet meets a ghost of his dead father, who tells him that he was poisoned by Claudius and demands that Hamlet kill Claudius in revenge.

Hamlet is at first not sure whether to believe the ghost, so he tries to investigate. He pretends to be mad to hide what he is doing. As the play goes on, it becomes hard to tell if Hamlet is actually mad or still just pretending. His behaviour causes him to fall out with Ophelia, a girl he was in love with. He eventually has the idea of getting some actors to put on a play of a king being killed in the way the ghost described. Claudius panics when he sees the play, and Hamlet realises his uncle is a murderer.

Hamlet has a chance to kill Claudius in the castle chapel, but cannot bring himself to do it. While waiting outside, he gets into an argument with his mother. Someone moves behind a curtain and Hamlet, thinking it is Claudius, stabs him. It turns out that he has killed Polonius, a royal advisor and Ophelia's father. Claudius orders Hamlet to be exiled to England. He sets up a plot to have Hamlet killed, but Hamlet escapes and returns to Denmark. Meanwhile, Ophelia has been suffering from madness after falling out with Hamlet. After learning that he has killed her father, she drowns herself. Hamlet reappears at Ophelia's funeral and gets into a fight with her brother Laertes. Laertes blames Hamlet for his sister and father's deaths and wants to take revenge. He challenges Hamlet to a swordfight. Hamlet agrees.

The swordfight is arranged to take place at the castle. To get Hamlet killed, Claudius gets Laertes to fight with a sword that has poison on the blade, and brings some poisoned wine in case this does not work. The swordfight begins. After some fighting, Laertes wounds Hamlet and poisons him. During a break, the swords are mixed up and Hamlet ends up fighting and wounding Laertes with the poisoned sword. Laertes shows regret for what he has done and tells Hamlet about the poison as he dies. Meanwhile, Gertrude drinks the poisoned wine by mistake and dies. Realising that he is also dying, Hamlet stabs Claudius with the poisoned sword and forces him to drink the rest of the wine. In his last moments, Hamlet tells his friend Horatio that Fortinbras, a Norwegian prince, should be named as the next King of Denmark.


The characters in the story are:

Hamlet, the prince of Denmark

Ghost, the ghost of king Hamlet

Gertrude, the Queen, prince Hamlet's mother

Claudius, the King, brother of dead King Hamlet and now married to Gertrude

Horatio, Hamlet's trusted friend

Polonius, the royal advisor

Laertes, the son of Polonius

Ophelia, the daughter of Polonius and Hamlet's girlfriend

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, two members of Claudius's royal court, who spy on Hamlet for Claudius

Osric, a dandy who appears at the end of the play

Fortinbras, the prince of Norway

Captain, a soldier for Fortinbras

the Players, the "players" or actors who perform for the court

the First Player, the leader of the actors

the Priest, who conducts a funeral

the Gravedigger, who digs the grave

a Clown, a foolish man who talks with the gravedigger

Cornelius and Voltemand, two ambassadors sent on business by Claudius

Ambassadors from England, who appear at the end of the play

Gentleman

Messenger

Sailor

The guards who inform Hamlet

Yemen, hamlets agent

The vision

Scott Hite will be directing the show. His vision is to have females play the men parts and males play the women parts. 


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