Hamlet is an actor's play, and only comes to life when acted. It was written for the finest acting platform in the history of theatre, and for what must have been fine actors. Insurmountable problems in the study and proscenium theatre disappear on the apron stage. The natural growth or theme and charcterisation is not retared by act and scene breaks. Shakespeare wrote for predominantly illiterate audience with a keen response to the music of the spoken word, and actors, whoe personality and advice must have influenced his work. In this production we have tried to dispense with scenery, trick lighting and effects, and to use the personality of the actors, keeping in mind that "the plays the thing."