William Shakespeare wrote this play in the early seventeenth century. His longest play, it has been called the most powerful and influential tragedies in all of English literature. Unlike some Shakespeare works, Hamlet was popular during his lifetime, and still ranks among his most performed. It has been at the top of the Royal Shakespeare Company's performance list since 1879. Hamlet has become one of the most quoted works of literature, and has been adapted countless times in different countries, languages, and variations. It explores the concept of madness, as well as themes of treachery, revenge, incest, and moral corruption,and family.
According to Wikipedia, "It has been theorized that Hamlet is based on the legend of Amleth, preserved by 13th-century chronicler Saxo Grammaticus in his Gesta Danorum as subsequently retold by 16th-century scholar François de Belleforest. Shakespeare may also have drawn on or perhaps written an earlier (hypothetical) Elizabethan play known today as the Ur-Hamlet. He almost certainly created the title role for Richard Burbage, the leading tragedian of Shakespeare's time. In the 400 years since, the role has been performed by highly acclaimed actors and actresses from each successive age.
Hamlet takes place in Denmark at Elsinore Castle. When Hamlet's father dies, his Uncle Claudius takes the throne and marries the new widow, Queen Gertrude. Suspecting that Claudius killed his father, the tragic hero begins to plot revenge. The lovely Ophelia tries to talk to the prince, but his father's ghost will not let him rest. Will the royal family ever find justice and peace? Find out with Hamlet tickets!