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Write your own story – Classic Hamlet

Something is rotten in the state of Denmark. A ghost has been seen walking the battlements. The old King died randomly in his sleep. The new King – his brother Claudius – married the old king’s wife. Sounds fishy? It’s up to you… the Danish Detective – to solve the mystery.

⊕ Go through the steps below to create your story...

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1. Choose a character to be the 'detective'?

  • Hamlet Prince of Denmark (the dead king's son)
  • Horatio (Hamlet's best friend)
  • Fortinbras (military leader)
  • Rosencrantz and Guildenstern (Hamlet's university pals)

2. Where do you look for clues first?

  • the castle battlements
  • the king's chamber
  • the queen's bedroom
  • behind the arras (curtain)
  • the stream
  • the courtyard theatre
  • Hamlet's room
  • Choose your own idea

3. When you search the area - you find...

  • a ghostly figure saying: "Avenge me!"
  • old Polonius has been stabbed behind the curtain
  • Ophelia has been drowned
  • Queen Gertrude in tears
  • King Clawdius confessing his crime to heaven
  • Laertes with a sword in his hand
  • The players putting on a play about a King who murder's his brother

4. What happens next? Write the story from the most exciting scene.

If you are working with a partner - write one line each.

4. Two pieces of evidence have been discovered...

  • a skull
  • a rapier (sword)
  • a bottle of poison
  • a string of flowers
  • the Queen's gold
  • witnesses report a ghost saying "AVENGE ME HAMLET FOR I WAS KILLED BY YOUR UNCLE"