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Let’s Play: Hamlet tells off his mother

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Let’s play A3S4 of Hamlet, where Hamlet tells off his mother more than somewhat – even the Ghost tells him off – and kills Polonius.  Hamlet has had his suspicions confirmed that Claudius, his step-father, is complicit in Hamlet’s father’s murder when he reacts guiltily to the Players’ playing of ‘The Mousetrap’.  After rejecting the idea of killing Claudius at his prayers, he goes to visit his mother. Polonius has hidden himself behind the arras before Hamlet arrives:


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Note that the players who are playing Polonius and The Ghost have their script in standard script format, so they can act as prompt for the Queen and Hamlet as they can see the lines for their parts.


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If you want to explore Hamlet in more detail:

Read our review of Maxine Peake’s Hamlet
Read our review of  Derek Jacobi’s Hamlet (BBC Shakespeare Collection)

If you want to understand better how our MFFEV5 CloudReader scripts work, read:

Why read Shakespeare’s plays in a group?
How to use our MFFEV5 CloudReader , and

Preparing Malvolio for Performance using MFFEV5 CloudReader and Parts and Cues





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