Hamlet is Shakespeare's most famous play. For the last 400 years, the Prince of Denmark has intrigued actors, audiences and students for his philosophical thinking and odd behavior. Delve deeper into the mind of the troubled Dane with our Folger Insiders' Guide.
Above, the plot of the play is outlined, and the major characters introduced. Below, Director Joseph Haj and actors from Folger Theatre's 2010 production explore the mindsets of Hamlet and Ophelia, and their tragic stories.
These videos highlight the play's themes, characters, and plot, perfect for students encountering the play for the first time or listeners seeking a refresher course.