Hamlet Dramaturgy

Informing Bethany Lutheran College's Spring 2013 Production. Shows at: April 19, 20, 26, 27 at 7:30pm and April 21 at 2pm

Hamlet in Popular Culture

We all know about how the Lion King totally ripped off the plot of Hamlet but there are many other movies, songs, television shows, etc. that reference the Bard’s famous tragedy as well. I think looking at these pop culture references provides an interesting frame of understanding for the modern theatre artist. Also, some of them are just fun and hilarious so go ahead and take a look.

Wikipedia has a reasonable sized list.

Emily Kimball directed me to this site, that has a bunch of other references and links to them.

PBS recently had an episode of Shakespeare Uncovered with David Tennant exploring Hamlet. He spends a while early on in the video talking about how Hamlet has permeated pop culture. If you have time watch the whole thing, he covers some fascinating topics!


Some of my favorite Hamlet references:

Also, for when you find yourself stuck on Pinterest instead of studying lines, zip over to my Dramaturgy pin board and learn a little and laugh a lot.


Lydia, Dramaturg

3 comments on “Hamlet in Popular Culture

  1. WOMAN
    March 1, 2013

    Lydia, I was eating and looking at your blog and thought …Hamlet actually sounds like a kind of omlette and then I found this:

    “For some time I too believed that Hamlet was a culinary innovation — an omelette with ham filling.” online (Hindustantimes)

    Do you want to do more research and add a section on omelettes 😉 ?

    Ham ham, yam yam =)

  2. lissasassypants
    March 19, 2013


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