“To be, or not to be, that is the question:
Whether ’tis Nobler in the mind to suffer
The Slings and Arrows of outrageous Fortune,
Or to take Arms against a Sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them: to die, to sleep
No more; and by a sleep, to say we end
The heart-ache, and the thousand Natural shocks
That Flesh is heir to? ‘Tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wished. To die to sleep,
To sleep, perchance to Dream…”
Michael Redgrave (1950), Richard Burton (1954), Derek Jacobi (1978), Kenneth Branagh (1988)… All of them have played Hamlet at Kronborg – the star fortress situated near the town of Helsingor in Denmark (immortalized as Elsinore in Shakespeare’s “Hamlet”). The castle has for centuries been one of the most important Renaissance castles in Northern Europe.
I was there yesterday. Again! Because of the bad weather I stayed indoors, listening to the echo of the past times…
In the catacombs I visited one of the major Danish heroes – Holger Danske, or Ogier the Dane, mentioned in “Legends of Charlemagne” or “Romance of the Middle Ages” by Thomas Bulfinch…
… and I watched a beautiful shadow theatre!
I had a wonderful time and this post is my humble tribute to the magic of Elsinore…