ENG 4U: The First Act of Hamlet is Too Long

Congratulations! You have collectively been hired by a tv executive to produce a made-for-TV version of Hamlet. It looks promising: Michael Cera as the indecisive Hamlet, Russell Brand as the long-winded Polonius: the show has hit written all over it.

The problem, however, is that the entire broadcast can only be half an hour long. Thus, you have been asked to shorten the first act down to a handful of lines. In fact, you may use no more than 5 lines from each scene. These lines must convey key plot points and/or important conflicts.

Don’t worry if the lines don’t seem to flow together. Making sense has never been television’s strong point.


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