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…
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.
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