To be, or not to be: that is the question:
Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles…
Shakespeare’s immortal Hamlet is a dazzling commixture of lustful emotion, silken bombast, and pure evil. It comprises some of the most haunting and exquisite poetry ever written, dealing with such timeless subjects as murder, betrayal, the lust for power, ghosts and witches, and the devastation wreaked by Hubris.
One of the supreme plays of all time, the fascinating tragedy of the tormented young prince of Denmark continues to capture the imaginations of modern audiences worldwide. Faced with proof that his uncle murdered his father, and with his mother’s infidelity, Hamlet must find a means of reconciling his yearning for oblivion with his duty as avenger. The ghost, Hamlet’s feigned madness, Ophelia’s death and burial, the play within a play, the “closet scene” in which Hamlet accuses his mother of complicity in murder, the magnificent swordplay are just some of the elements that make Shakespeare’s Hamlet a timeless masterwork.
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (1564-1616) was an English playwright poet, and actor, regarded as the world’s pre-eminent dramatist, and the greatest writer in the English language. Author of Romeo and Juliet, Othello, Hamlet and King Lear, he is often called the “Bard of Avon,” England’s national poet.