In this production the actors decided that they preferred the rule of Claudius, a peace-keeping King who enjoyed a good party! This is important in the staging as it is when we, the audience, and the Court first see Claudius as King. The staging of this opening court scene is instrumental in revealing the relationships between the characters in Hamlet. When developing the world of the play the designer, Rob Jones, was inspired by photographs of contemporary European Royal Families in Hello Magazine. Have a look at this website and find pictures of contemporary royal families. Look at how the pictures have been taken and what they portray about the family. What are the most important qualities that these people have?
The above clip is for use in an activity found in the Hamlet Teachers’ Guide. [download the full PDF of the guide]