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Hamlet (International) assertion single work   drama  
Alternative title: The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
This international work is included in AustLit to identify a relationship with Australian literature.
Issue Details: First known date: 1600... 1600 Hamlet
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Hamlet is a tragedy, set in Denmark. The ghost of Hamlet's father, the King, calls on him to seek revenge on Hamlet's Uncle, who is accused of murdering the King.




y separately published work icon Hamlet, 16 Errol Bray , Carlton : Shopfront Theatre for Young People , 1979 Z812036 1979 single work drama children's
y separately published work icon Hamlet : A Novel John Marsden , Melbourne : Text Publishing , 2008 Z1514013 2008 single work novel young adult

'Hamlet's father has just died. By the time they've filled in the grave his mother has remarried. Hamlet suspects foul play, and it's troubling his spirit. Or maybe he was always troubled. Ophelia is in love with him. His best friend Horatio can't work him out. Then, on a cold, still night, Hamlet meets the ghost of his father...' (Publisher's blurb)

y separately published work icon Hamlet Nicki Greenberg , Nicki Greenberg (illustrator), Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2010 Z1727925 2010 single work graphic novel young adult

'Denmark is in turmoil. The palace is seething with treachery, suspicion and intrigue. On a mission to avenge his father's murder, Prince Hamlet tries to claw free of the moral decay all around him. But in the ever-deepening nest of plots, of plays within plays, nothing is what it seems. Doubt and betrayal torment the Prince until he is propelled into a spiral of unstoppable violence.

'In this sumptuous staging of Shakespeare's enigmatic play on the page, Nicki Greenberg has created an extraordinary visual feast that sweeps up all in its path as the drama intensifies both on stage and off.' (From the publisher's website.)

form Besterman Damien Broderick , 2012 single work radio play science fiction
— Appears in: Restore Point : Scripts for Radio and Film 2012;

'What if Hamlet were not Prince of Denmark but Lord Besterman, scion of the Director of the Recombinant Engineering Cartel on asteroid Pallas? What if Besterman's uncle Feng slew his father by hurling him into a black hole? What if Ratio, a robot from Earth, visits the small world to thwart the murderous conflict that could explode across the worlds? And what of Folly, an Ophelia with iron in her soul? Reinventing Shakespeare is a bold gamble, but Broderick is the writer to carry it off in style.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

Hamlet : Prince of Skidmark The Tragedy of Hamlet : Prince of Skidmark : A Badaptation of the Bard Declan Greene , Richard Higgins , Matt Kelly , 2016 single work drama children's

'An hour-long comedy bomb of Shakespeare plus ninjas. And zombies.

'The Listies are the maestros of children’s theatre. Their tremendous storytelling, comedic genius and infectious imaginations make kids all over the world fall in love with theatre while howling with laughter.

'Now, they have created a new, very cheeky, interactive version of Hamlet for children. This comic adventure shatters the fourth wall and glues it back together with turbo-charged story-telling and silliness.

'Hamlet is full of thrilling things that kids love in a good story: ghosts, castles, sword fights, fake blood and spooky stuff. Enter super-sonic gags, expertly timed stage trickery and special effects unlike anything kids have seen before and you have a very cleverly disguised Shakespearean tragedy for everyone aged five and over.

'And that’s not all… expect bonus pillow fights, pirates, ninjas, ninja pirates, aliens, ninja pirate aliens, zombies and a bunch of other hilarious stuff as The Listies take kids and their adults on a fun-filled hour of mayhem that mischievously celebrates the excitement and unpredictable nature of live theatre.

'The only thing we can be sure of is that everyone dies at the end – including the audience! ' (Production summary)


  • William Shakespeare's Hamlet is included in AustLit because it was produced in Australian theatres during the colonial era; and/or is the subject of Australian literary comment, adaptation or creative writing.

Production Details

  • Probably first produced in London, July 1602.

  • Performed at the Prince of Wales Opera House, Sydney, February 1868.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

First known date: ca. 1600

Works about this Work

Hamlet at the Modern University i "What botch is this? My gracious mother’s bed", Robert DiNapoli , 2017 single work poetry
— Appears in: Arena Magazine , April no. 147 2017; (p. 39)
Anti-Hamlet Mark Wilson , 2016 single work drama

'Hamlet is a body without organs. A privileged ingrate, a serial procrastinator, and above all: a desiring machine.

'His dad's dead, his mother wants a grandchild and his therapist is the father of psychoanalysis. And as the monarchy teeters on the edge of destruction, a new leader has taken the stage with visions of a prosperous Denmark committed to freedom, the individual and the market. Stuck in a cycle of self-obsession and serial procrastination, will the weight of History itself be enough to make Hamlet wake up, grow and stand up?

'There's never been a better time to be a Dane.' (Production summary)

The Disintegration of the Persistence of Hamlet Anna Douglass , 2015 single work prose
— Appears in: Colloquy : Text Theory Critique , November no. 30 2015;
Hamlet Hits the Road to Help Celebrate a Birthday John Shand , 2014 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 11 September 2014; (p. 2)
In the Dark i "bruised night congeals in madness", Sheryl Persson , 2013 single work poetry
— Appears in: The Mozzie , May-June vol. 21 no. 4 2013; (p. 4)
Theatre Royal - 'Hamlet' 1891 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 3 December 1891; (p. 6)

— Review of Hamlet William Shakespeare , 1600 single work drama
A review of Walter Bentley's Australian theatrical debut in the role of Hamlet, Theatre Royal, Melbourne, 1 December 1891.
Mr. Montgomery's Hamlet 1868 single work review
— Appears in: The Empire , 8 February no. 5061 1868; (p. 5)

— Review of Hamlet William Shakespeare , 1600 single work drama

A review of the 7 February 1868 Prince of Wales Opera House production of William Shakespeare's Hamlet. In praising Walter Montgomery's performance, the reviewer says, 'we esteem him to be the best illustrator of Hamlet we have ever seen'.

Royal Victoria Theatre 1868 single work review
— Appears in: The Empire , 12 May no. 5141 1868; (p. 2)

— Review of Hamlet William Shakespeare , 1600 single work drama

Brief review on the Royal Victoria Theatre production of William Shakespeare's Hamlet on 11 May 1868 in which the American actor James Stark played the role of Hamlet.

Royal Victoria Theatre 1838 single work review
— Appears in: Commercial Journal and Advertiser , 31 October vol. 4 no. 315 1838; (p. 2)

— Review of Hamlet William Shakespeare , 1600 single work drama ; Bachelors' Buttons Edward Stirling , 1837 single work drama
The Theatre William Kerr , 1838 single work review
— Appears in: Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser , 30 October vol. 36 no. 4090 1838; (p. 2)

— Review of Hamlet William Shakespeare , 1600 single work drama ; Bachelors' Buttons Edward Stirling , 1837 single work drama
How a Monarch Died 1885 single work prose humour
— Appears in: The Australian Journal , January vol. 20 no. 236 1885; (p. 277)
Theatrical anecdote of the actor Macredy and a memorable death in Hamlet.
Ophelia's Song i "A fool and his lady", Carol Cohn , 1980 single work poetry
— Appears in: Galloping On : A Selection from the 1979 Grand National Poetry Stakes 1980; (p. 28) Artlook , February vol. 6 no. 2 1980; (p. 31) The Finishing Post : The Winners from the Grand National Poetry Stakes 1979-2002 2003; (p. 55-56)
Dotty Mr Hamlet : Bobby J's Pocket Shakespeare Den , 1934 single work short story
— Appears in: The Herald , 12 May no. 17781 1934; (p. 6)
Hamlet: Messiah or Naughty Boy John Marsden , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 5 July 2008; (p. 17)
To Adapt, or Not to Adapt? Heath Graham (interviewer), 2008 single work interview
— Appears in: Bookseller + Publisher Magazine , August vol. 88 no. 2 2008; (p. 14)
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