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The American actor Edwin Booth as Hamlet, ca. 1870

The Tragedy o Hamlet, Prince o Denmark, eften shortened tae Hamlet (/ˈhæmlt/), is a tragedy written bi William Shakespeare at an uncertain date atween 1599 an 1602. Set in the Kinrick o Denmark, the play dramatises the revenge Prince Hamlet is instructit tae exact on his uncle Claudius. Claudius haed murthert his ain brither, Hamlet's faither Keeng Hamlet, an subsequently seized the throne, marryin his deceased brither's widow, Hamlet's mither Gertrude.