The Theatre: Hamlet on the Spot

ACT I, SCENE I. Elsinore. A platform before the castle. Francisco at his post. Enter to him Bernardo.

Ber. Who's there?

Fran. Nay, answer me: Stand, and -unfold yourself.

The Danish castle which William Shakespeare had in mind when he wrote Hamlet was Kronborg Castle, whose sombre walls and pinnacles frown across the narrow sound between Sweden and Denmark. A state property for centuries, the old place was a military barracks until ten years ago, when it became a marine museum. Last week a troupe from London's Old Vic company played the drama of...