Hamlet | Synopsis and General Information


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Hamlet is one of the great plays of all times. It is considered William Shakespeare’s finest work, and it is the goal of any young actor to play the eponymous lead role. The play, remade and remodelled with every generation, and with over 160 film adaptations to boast, is a tragedy of epic proportions. Unedited the play runs for nearly five hours and this dense and insightful play is a must read for an actor. Here is some useful Hamlet information, enjoy…

Simple Synopsis

Where are we? Denmark

Some useful points

1. Hamlet’s Father has recently died.
2. Claidius, Hamlet’s uncle, without delay marries Gertrude, Hamlet’s mother.
3. Side Note: Fortinbras, the Norwegian prince, is expected to invade soon.

This video below explains the play far clearer and simpler than I could possibly so please watch it.


Character List

Prince Hamlet
Claudius – Hamlet’s uncle and now King of Denmark
Gertrude – Hamlet’s mother and Queen of Denmark
Ghost of Hamlet’s Father

Polonius – Lord Chamberlain, Ophelia’s Father
Ophelia – Daughter to Polonius
Laertes – Son of Polonius

Horatio – Hamlet’s Friend
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern – Friends to Hamlet

Osric – a foppish Courtier

Marcellus – King’s Guard
Francisco – King’s Guard
Bernardo – King’s Guard

Reynaldo – Servant to Polonius

Fortinbras – Prince of Norway

Voltemand and Cornelius – Danish Courtiers

About the Author

Andrew Hearle

is the founder of StageMilk.Com. Andrew trained at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, and is now a Sydney-based actor working in Theatre, Film and Television.

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