Hamlet Conundrums

looks at major issues of interpretation of Shakespeare's classic play that have occupied the minds of audiences, directors, designers, performers and critics during its 400-year history. In doing this, we hope to give a sense of the history of people's preoccupations with and thought about the play.

Particular attention is paid to major revolutions in Western thinking about Hamlet and to their foundation in the beliefs of the Elizabethan era in England. Thus, issues regarding spirits and apparitions, the ethics of revenge, the psychology of melancholy, the ownership of property, or the popular view of suicide are presented against the background of Shakespeare's time. They are contrasted with the thinking on the same issues that predominated during the time of the Romantic revolution or the 20th Century.

The menu to the left outlines the issues taken into consideration.