Setting: Elsinore, Denmark mostly near the royal palace
“Claudius, Hamlet, Polonius, Horatio, Laertes, Voltemand, Cornelius, Rosencranz, Guildenstern, Osric, Marcellus, Barnardo, Francisco, Reynaldo, First clown (Gravedigger), Second clown (Gravedigger), Fortinbras, Norwegian Captain, First Ambassador, Gertrude (Queen of Denmark), Ophelia,Ghost of Hamlet’s Father, Laertes’s Followers, First Sailor, Gentleman, Lord, Messenger, Doctor of Divinity, First Player (Player King), Player Queen, Player Prologue, Player Lucianus, Ophelia’s Pallbearers” (PlayShakespeare.com)
Hamlet feels the need to avenge his father, who was killed by the new king of Denmark (Claudius). Hamlet starts to wonder if he can trust his father’s ghost and if he should actually kill Claudius.
“There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so” – Hamlet (Act II, Scene II)
“To be, or not to be: that is the question” – Hamlet (Act III, Scene I)
“This above all: to thine own self be true” – Polonius (Act I, Scene III)
“When sorrows come, they come not single spies, but in battalions” – Claudius (Act IV, Scene V)
“Hamlet Characters.” PlayShakespeare.com: The Ultimate Free Shakespeare Resource, www.playshakespeare.com/hamlet/characters.