In Denmark, Soldiers are working and see the ghost of King Hamlet. They tell prince Hamlet about the ghost and he decides to speak to it. Once Prince Hamlet speaks to the ghost of his father, he learns that his father was poisoned by his uncle.
Prince Hamlet feels that he should get some sort of revenge in honor of his father. On the other hand, he doesn't know if he fully belives the ghost. He is confused and doesn't know what to do.
The players come to perform a play that is similar to the situation that Prince Hamlet. Hamlet watches his uncles reaction to see if he has a guilty reaction when the death occurs in the play.