The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, often shortened to Hamlet, is a human tragedy play written by William Shakespeare around the year 1600 on the planet Earth. Set in the Kingdom of Denmark, the play concerns the revenge plot of Prince Hamlet against his uncle Claudius. Claudius assassinated his own brother, the king, and subsequently seized the throne, and took Hamlet's mother Gertrude as his wife.
Hamlet is one of the most well-known and influential tragedies in human literature, with a story capable of "seemingly endless retelling and adaptation by others."
The play's story and characterization have inspired analysis for over nineteen centuries, analysis that only extended after the play was shown to other sentient species across the Known Galaxy. Hamlet's reluctance to immediately enact his revenge has been criticized for millennia for merely extending the time of the play, but has been defended by pacifists and others as a realistic portrayal of the the complex emotional and ethical issues that cold-blooded murder entail. Others have focused on the actions of minor characters, such as Rosencrantz and Guildenstern and their role in Hamlet's life. The supernatural elements have been a popular source of debate among non-human critics.
- In 2980, a Verandi diplomatic team in Amalah put on a show of Hamlet to demonstrate human culture. Cultural differences leave the Amalah to conclude that the father's ghost was an illusion cast by a magician, that Claudius behaved correctly in marrying Gertrude but was responsible for Hamlet's genuine madness and his desire for vengeance due to witchraft, that Laertes killed Ophelia in order to sell her body as a zombie, and that Claudius had planned to kill both Hamlet and Laertes anyway.
- Hamlet was the first stage performance played in the Levant in 3526. On the eve of the first performance, several cast members including Hamlet's actor Minamoto and his understudy fell ill and could not perform. Rosencrantz's actor Antonio had memorized all of Hamlet's lines and took his place. As they were both the same model of General type clones, no one realized the switch. Antonio's performance was highly praised and catapulted the then unknown clone to stardom.
- In 3227, the Norb Playing Company put on the first all-Norb performance of Hamlet. Despite receiving generally-negative reviews, a movie version was released shortly afterwards.
- Hamlet on Wikipedia